Following the successful rescue mission of 18 people that were stuck on islands in Kayunga and Nakasongola districts, police has revealed that it will continue to deploy its air wing brigade in security operations.
Recently, police has embarked on use of helicopters to carry out security surveillance in different parts of the country especially in flood disaster prone areas.
Speaking exclusively to ChimpReports, Police Spokesperson SSP Emiliian Kayima said that in order to enhance service delivery and quick security response to emergencies, the force has placed its air wing on a “24 hour alert” to back up and compliment others units.
“On top of surveillance and rescue missions, we have also embarked on using our choppers to transport officers to hard to reach areas for security missions,” he pointed out.
The police publicist also said that “just this week the air wing brigade has been deployed in the skies on surveillance of wetlands to ensure safety of residents in case of floods due to current heavy rains.”
On other functions, Kayima told chimp corps that police helicopters are now also used to transport government officials across the country as they carry out their duties.
He however revealed that the force is in the process of growing the fleet to enhance policing services as several innovations including unveiling of the police air base in Kimaka.
Currently, Uganda police force boosts of three aircraft with a temporary base at Kajjansi air field.
Recently, the Deputy Inspector General of Police Brigadier Sabitti Muzeeyi said the force is in the process of acquiring new aircraft to boost its already existing fleet.
“Acquisition of new aircraft shall enable us to cover a wide area in surveillance in a short time,” said Sabitti.
On human resource of the air wing, the police boss revealed that the force is training more police flights engineers and pilots to add on the few existing ones.