The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has warned police officers on the increased “laxity” among law enforcement officials while on duty, which he said has led to civilians stealing guns from them, and in some instances — guns being used to injure and kill them.
The most recent incident was in Mbarara district, where a police officer was attacked by people — while coming from duty in the morning — who took away his gun, and killed him after.
They are still on the run.
On that note, Gen. Kayihura reminded officers that these guns are bought using taxpayers’ money and are meant to protect people, not landing in the hands of criminals to terrorize the city.
He made the remarks today Saturday while meeting 504 officers that recently completed a Basic Security Management Course at Kigo Marine Base.
Kayihura further emphasized that the officer’s mindset is key in the current policing environment because it bridges the gap between the police and the public.
Additionally, he hinted and warned on the unnecessary and unjustifiable civilian shootings by police officers which is normally caused by poor decision making skills in complicated situations by commanders.
He, however, thanked the Commander Kampala Metropolitan Police CP. Mwesigwa for including decision making course unit on the training syllabus.
Basic Security Management Certification Course offered at Kigo Marine Base is a special course that was set up to boost human resource capability & to shape the ideological thinking of officers in Kampala Metropolitan Area.
The course’s main target is to have all the 5030 officers deployed in Kampala attain a refresher training.
2017 year being termed as a worst year for police, the top police boss assured and pledged a better 2018.
Sharing his transitional experience in the force from the rank of a private in 1983 to a rank of a General to date, he said officers need to have key canal rules of leadership, discipline which requires juniors to obey seniors and seniors to respect juniors.
He guided the commanders to build a cohesive and reliable team that has a conscious connection not mechanical connection with the public.
While addressing and empowering the new 504 force intended to occupy the divisions that make up the heart of Kampala City, Kayihura that said that this New Year shall be focused on transforming from quantity to quality service.
“We were tasked with cleaning the force which we are but we must also clean the society”, IGP. Kayihura reminded the officers.