The Inspector General of Police has hailed the Force and sister agencies for working together to reduce violent crime this year.
In a Christmas message issued on Wednesday, Mr John Martins Okoth-Ochola said while 2020 has been a challenging year for the police with the threat of Covid-19 and its significant impact on society, the reduction, especially in gun-related crime cannot go unnoticed.
“Although, on many occasions the great work of security personnel goes unnoticed, we are extremely proud of their achievements in reducing crime. This year alone, we anticipate a further decrease in crime by 5.4%,” he said, adding: “There is a substantial reduction in gun crimes due to the DNA fingerprinting of guns, and continuous operations aimed at dismantling criminal gangs actively involved in kidnaps, human trafficking, and robberies of mobile money dealers, boda-bodas riders, business persons, factories and murders. In addition, there were further disruptions of shops and garages dealing in suspected stolen items of mobile phones and electronic gadgets, motor vehicle spares etc.”
Mr Ochola attributed the achievement to coordination among the security agencies and use of CCTV cameras.
“We deployed visible and non-visible resources that helped crack down the perpetrators of these violent crimes. We also expanded our crime prevention campaigns and zoned the hotspots areas in 13 zones, mapped out all crimes and efficiently collected data on them, completed the installation of CCTV cameras in the greater KMP area and rolled out the second phase to cover other cities, municipalities major towns and highways, promoted new technologies like DNA fingerprinting of guns, and the automated fingerprint analysis. In addition, we have deployed specialist teams at selected locations, to counter all forms criminality and further made improvements in our investigations and intelligence processes,” he said in a statement.
Ahead of the festive season, the IGP warned the public against flouting Covid-19 standard operating procedures.
“All Ugandans must know that regardless of who you are, crime and Covid-19 affect us all. We therefore, need to be mindful of Covid-19 by celebrating in very safe and socially distanced ways to help protect our families, friends and all those who are dear to us. We also need to remain vigilant about criminals, who always take advantage of such festivals to victimize members of the public through acts of thefts, robbery, house breaking, fraud, cybercrime. Etc,” he said.