Crime & Investigation

Police, US Embassy To Showcase New Counter-Terrorism Initiative

rx geneva; font-size: small;”>The Community Counter-Terrorism Outreach project is designed to engage at-risk communities in Uganda through open forums, physician training, and community outreach events, and to build trust and cooperation between communities and law enforcement agencies that are countering regional terrorism.

“The IGP Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura is a firm believer in community policing being the bedrock of protection for communities throughout Uganda. As such he is proud to be associated with this anti-terror program,” police said in a statement Wednesday. The program is funding four teams of community policing trainers and counter-terrorism officers who will conduct forums in various districts in Uganda including those with populations at risk of terrorist recruitment, radicalization, and messaging.

The project will promote community participation in anti-terrorism related security. Its goals include building a community that is willing and able to identify and report suspicious activity to the police by fostering community and police relationships. The work is being performed with close collaboration and mentorship by the US Embassy.

The United States has in the past been working closely with Police to hunt down suspected terrorists and also drawn mechanisms of averting terror strikes in the country.

US has as well supplied crucial gear and sophisticated arms to counter terrorism police squads.

Terrorist groups in East Africa have shown marked increases in both their sophistication and capability to target countries outside of their traditional areas of operation.

“The UPF remain committed to combating this terror with the aid of their partners. Because the citizenry is so frequently first to be exposed to terrorist activity, informing them of the common methods and motivations of terrorists through programs like this can greatly increase the security of the country,” the statement added.


The program will begin on August 6 with forums in the Kampala area. The teams will then go on the road to as many as 100 communities throughout the country.

Each venue will begin with a community forum followed by an informative presentation from the UPF Counter-Terrorism Unit.

At each venue after the presentation there will be a video screening of an episode of Blue Bloods, a popular currently running U.S. television series that centers on a modern day police force and the personal and professional issues its officers face.

The event will conclude with the first 200 citizens receiving program backpacks.

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