Uganda police force has today unveiled units of premio saloon cars with civilian registration numbers for its Directorate of Criminal Investigations, as part of its long running campaign and strategy to reduce crime.
The Inspector General of Police Mr Okoth Martins Ochola while handing over the first batch of seven units at police headquarters in Naguru said that the fleet of vehicles shall be used for a variety of CID tasks ranging from the day-to-day activities of responding and documenting crime scenes.
He also said that the saloon cars will be used in arresting and transporting suspects, facilitating movement of witnesses and victims as, well as corresponding with other stakeholders in the criminal justice system among others.
According to Ochola, The cars will be allocated in all police regions across the country as the first fleet has been sent to Wamala, Katonga, Savannah, Sezibwa, Busoga East, Greater Bushenyi and Greater Masaka, to purposely help provide an effective and efficient response to CID work some of which are covert in nature.
The police boss also revealed that an additional 15 motor vehicles have been procured and will be allocated to the regional CID offices in Kampala metropolitan, Bukedi, Elgon, Busoga North, Aswa, West Nile, Sipi, Rwenzori East, Mt. Moroto and Kidepo.
“The force has plans to procure more specialist vehicles for other units as well that will include; Forensic services, Traffic, Counter-Terrorism, Fire and Rescue, Medical services and other operational requirements. We shall ensure, there is value for money on all equipment procured,” Mr Ochola added.