In a bid to fight drug trafficking in the country, Uganda Police Force has embarked on capacity building of its officers in the directorate of criminal investigations especially those attached to the anti-narcotic department operating at Entebbe Airport and other boarder points.
On Friday, a group of thirty anti-narcotics officers concluded a training in which facilitators from the European Union taught them about personal profiling.
The short course mainly focused on passenger profiling, identification of high risk travelers as well as phone mining and analysis.
Recently, Uganda and specifically Entebbe International Airport had become the main drug conduit in East African region and also one of the porous routes for drug cartels.
According to police, the department of Anti-Narcotics is being empowered with skills to curb transnational organized crime specifically in relation to the movement of narcotics across different countries and continents.
In her speech at the end of the course that was held at Protea Hotel in Entebbe, the Director of CID Ms Grace Akullo said that the detectives have been equipped with skills and now fit to track down traffickers easily both in arrival and departure.
Ms Akullo noted that drug traffickers are highly organized, not bound by the borders in their operations and have all the money it takes to transact business, adding that it takes highly trained, committed and professional officers to fight the crime.
“I am with confidence that this training has equipped our officers with extra skills to fight drug trafficking,” she said.
She revealed that most of the drugs that are trafficked do not originate from Uganda.
“Some come as far as east and others from south America. These drugs are brought by passengers; many of whom are not Ugandans. When drugs reach Uganda, they are repackaged and sent to destination countries,” she said.
Adding that: “There is need to have a mechanism of tracking the movement of suspicious travelers.”
According to the director, the just concluded workshop came in handy to equip officers with skills to detect suspicious travelers.
The training was facilitated by the European police (EURO-COP) under the European Africa response to Transnational Organized Crimes (EU-ACT) project.