Minister of Internal Affairs General Jeje Odongo has told East African police commanders to improve on the way they execute their duties saying that “criminals have become more sophisticated.”
Gen. Odongo made the remarks in a speech read for him by the Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola at Khartoum in Sudan during the Regional Police Chiefs meeting.
The high level security meet was attended by all Inspector Generals of Police from the East African countries.
Gen. Odongo advised the Regional Police Chiefs to always be ahead of criminals if they are to reduce crime.
“Crime is like a living organism; it’s dynamic and evolves with time and circumstances. The criminals are increasingly getting sophisticated in the manner they execute their evil intentions,” he said.
He added that criminals have created a big challenge to law enforcement officers and the implication is that for law enforcement officers to remain relevant, “they must always plan ahead and attain higher levels of sophistication in order to contain criminals.”
The annual meeting also doubles as a platform where the council of ministers meet with all inspector generals of police in the region.
Gen.Odongo is also the outgoing Chair of the Council of Ministers.
He also said that in an ideal world, one would say that the best way to fight crime is not to let it happen at all.
“Much as we may not be able to achieve this condition, it is equally important that we always keep crime at the lowest level possible,” he said.
Council of Ministers of Internal Affairs meeting is very important as it provides opportunity to the various stake holders to get together, deliberate on issues affecting the region and share information regarding common crime with a view of getting solutions.
This implies that the ministers’ strategies to fight crime should address its root causes in addition to putting in place proactive approaches in its management.
Gen. Odongo also revealed that the majority of crime in the region is committed within and against the local communities.
He also added that “It is important to have visible police presence as deterrence to those who commit crime.”
However, the general said that, it’s not yet quite feasible in most of the region’s situations to have Police Officers almost everywhere.
“The way forward under this circumstance is to involve the community in maintaining their own security in order to win the trust and confidence of the local population. In addition, law enforcement officers should be able to adapt quickly to the changing world of technology,” Gen. Odongo said.