A total of 37 senior police officers were Friday awarded a Master’s Degree in Arts in Peace, Governance and Security at Police Senior Command and Staff College in Bwebajja.
The graduation was presided over by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Jeje Odongo and graced also by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura.
The graduands made up the first batch of the Masters trainees at the college by the UN University of Peace and the second graduands for Police Senior Command and Staff Course (PSCSC).
These were hailed for their resilience and dedication to the course despite several other responsibilities they had.
The Bwebajja College according to its Director, CP. Moses Kabugo, was established in December 2015 to strategize the Uganda Police Force officers to meet the increasing security and crime challenges in the policing sector, locally and internationally.
The course covered 3 major components; police operations and staff work, strategic leadership management and the Master of Arts in Peace, Governance and Security that runs within the frame work of the MoU signed between Police and UN University for Peace.
“The course which lasted one year attracted 37 participants, of which 4 were female and 33 male who were all from the Uganda Police Force,” Kabugo said.
He added, “We the college staff are convinced that the capabilities acquired by the course participants will be translated into practical realities while at work.”
Minister Jeje Odongo who presided over the occasion used the opportunity to rally the graduands to help disprove the public view that the force is full of corrupt officers.
“Let us perform our responsibility with integrity so that there won’t be two way while accessing us so that it can be crystal clear; we must knock out this perception in the manner which we perform our responsibilities and doing it with excellence,” Odongo said.
The IGP encouraged the officers to get involved into some other income generating ventures like farming so that they can avoid being tempted with petty offers which taint their names and the police institution.