Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola has issued new stringent directives towards private security firms in the country.
The directives from the police boss follows last week’s incident in which a security guard from Saracen gunned down a one Anold Ainebyona following a heated argument.
Ochola’s action towards the private firms was communicated by the Spokesperson Fred Enanga at Police headquarters in Naguru.
He said that Mr Ochola has directed close supervision of such companies in order to streamline them through performance analysis.
According to Enanga, “The IGP wants to be very strict and thorough about these companies.”
Mr Ochola noted that many private security guards are poorly trained and use a lot of anger and force while executing their duties.
Mr Enanga revealed that the police directive has already taken effect and a team from the supervisory department of private security firms have stepped up supervision.
On personnel, police is closely monitoring the recruitment by encouraging firms to do strict vetting before recruitment.
Police says this will enable win back public confidence which seems to have deteriorated from the recent incidents in which guards have killed and also involved themselves in criminality.
Also among the considerations are the financial statuses of such companies.
Police publicist explained that companies with poor financial capacities cannot afford to pay their personnel hence encouraging criminality.
Police records indicate that Uganda has 202 licensed private security companies and among them 110 operate with guns while 98 use batons.