The Inspector General of police Okoth Martin Ochola has heeded to President Museveni’s directive and issued a gun user manual to all police officers in the force to guide them on the proper use of fire arms.
Police announced Monday that the new handbook is a simplified manual on special operating procedures on use of force and fire arms by law enforcement agencies during operations.
According to Enanga, the IGP has been able to present 50.000 copies and during the presentation Ochola revealed that these standard operating procedures are supposed to be handed to each and every individual police officer.
The gun SOPs are supposed to guide officers wherever they are carrying out normal policing duties and amidst operations, some of which may be violent in nature.
“We strongly believe that adherence by each and every individual police officer to these SOPs will minimize operational mistakes and further enable police officers to enforce law and order to the expectations of the public whom we serve,” said Police spokesman Fred Enanga.
The manual he says, guides officers to the extent that even if they are dealing with persons in conflict, they “must always act in humane and civilized manner.”
Enanga revealed that some copies are also going to be given to the UPDF to circulate to the LDUs since they work as a joint security team.
This directive by President Museveni followed incidents of shooting during the recently concluded NRM primaries in which several people lost lives and others sustained injuries.
The President noted that Police and LDUs were not well conversant with the use of fire arms and lethal force.
The issued handbook is categorized into 15 sections addressing several procedures in which officers will use fire arms as well as lethal force.