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Police Prepares Officers For Peace Keeping Mission In Somalia, Sudan

Uganda Police force has started yet another process of preparing officers who will be deployed in peace keeping missions in war ravaged countries such as Somalia and Sudan.

The exercise which was closely supervised by the Director Peace Support Operations AIGP Grace Turyagumanawe started on Monday and took place at Nsambya sharing hall in Kampala.

Over 800 candidates that participated in the process sat for United Nations pre-SAAT aptitude exams which involved testing their reading and writing capabilities.

The intensive exercise also involved testing logical capabilities which some officers failed to pass, hence being dropped.

According to police authorities, officers who passed the tests have been qualified to undergo a driving test and later on will be subjected to shooting range and health screening.

Exams sat by the officers are normally set by African Union at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Successful candidates are normally deployed as Individual Police Officers (IPOs) whose work is mainly capacity building of officers in countries of deployment and Formed Police Unit (FPUs) who do operational jobs such as protecting government facilities and guarding government officials.

However, Police maintains that officers who get opportunity to serve in foreign countries are enabled in capacity building as well as exposure and experience.

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