The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola has sounded a strong warning to corrupt police officers and detectives whose action dent the police image.
He also warned those that torture suspects in custody saying that it is not an interrogation technique and has never been taught in Police training schools.
Ochola made this call at the opening of the ongoing third retreat of Regional CID detectives at the directorate headquarters in Kibuli.
According to the IGP, while he is at the helm of the law enforcement agency, his major focus is to rebuild and transform the Police Force into a modern, professional, service oriented, pro-people and effective institution.
“Professionalism should be observed by all personnel. All officers must apply the acquired skills, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is well trained to carry out police work,” he said.
As for investigations, Mr Ochola told detectives that it requires a constant effort to achieve quality in the performance of investigative activities.
He said that professionalism in investigations entails thoroughness in which investigations must be conducted in a diligent and complete manner, and reasonable steps should be taken to ensure that pertinent issues are sufficiently resolved.
He urged his men to perform their duties considering the legal requirement such as interviews, evidence collection, and other activities must be initiated, conducted, and reported in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
He however cautioned officers that interviews should be conducted with due respect to the rights and privacy of those involved.
“Torture of suspects must stop, you’re always aware that Uganda human rights rank us number one in human right abuse. This must stop and I will deal with anyone who does the contrary,” Mr Ochola warned.
The IGP advised officers on considerations during investigation which include obtaining, securing, and proper use of information.
The police commander urged his team to always perform their duties with honesty and integrity.
“Investigators must be honest, act with integrity and not compromise or abuse their positions. They should be open and truthful in their dealings with the public and their colleagues, so that confidence in the police force is secured and maintained,” he said.
On corruption, the IGP noted that some officers are corrupt to the extent of selling police bonds which he promised to make arrests soon.
“Never accept any gift or gratuity that compromises your impartiality and never use your position to gain an unauthorized advantage (financial or otherwise) that could give rise to the impression that you’re abusing your positions,” he added.
The retreat that will run for five days is aimed at helping CID officers reflect on their achievements of the directorate as well as challenges they face.