The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola has expressed gratitude towards the appointment of four senior UPDF Army officers into the police force.
The appointments were made by the President in a mini shake up on Tuesday evening.
In a statement released by the Spokesperson Fred Enanga on Wednesday, he said that “The IGP would like to greatly thank the President for the appointment of UPDF officers to the police.”
The army officers selected to serve in the police will serve in the capacity of Assistant Inspector of Police (AIGP) and these include AIGP Brigadier Jack Bakasumba, the chief of joint staff a new position in the police administration, AIGP Brigadier Godfrey Golooba, the director human resource development and training replacing AIGP Isabirye Haruna who is heading to New York as police attache’e to the Ugandan mission.
Others are AIGP Col.Jesse Kamunanwire, the director human resource administration; he replaces AIGP Moses Balimwoyo now transferred as director Interpol and international relations.
He also replaces SCP Oyo Benson Nyeko who was acting director and now heads to AFRIPOL Headquarters in Algiers as police liasion officer.
In Algiers, Nyeko will be filling the vacuum which was left by former IGP Kale Kayihura personal assistant ACP Jonathan Baroza who is on the run and was declared a deserter.
Finally AIGP Col.Chris Serunjoji Damulira was appointed director crime intelligence replacing SCP Chombe Amur who is transferred as deputy director Interpol and international relations.
According to Mr Ochola, police acknowledge that the secondment of the UPDF officers comes at a time when there is an increasing convergence of policing and military doctrines and that the partnership will help in addressing policing concerns countrywide.
“We further thank our counterparts in UPDF for not denying us opportunity to utilize their officers who will oversee 03 of 19 directorates in the police,” he said.
Adding that Police looks forward to the wealth of knowledge and experience that the new officers bring along with them that will help provide top quality policing service to the staff and wider public.
He also said that Police strongly believe that the collective effort with UPDF will have a strong and positive impact on the community.
Police acknowledge areas where they drew best practices from army which include intelligence gathering, supervision and discipline, handling risky and confrontational situations.