Uganda Police Force has this week started its recruitment exercise in which 5000 persons shall be identified to join the law enforcement body.
The country wide selection activities commenced on Monday and will last for a week until 2nd August 2019.
The exercise is being conducted by 25 teams which were instituted by the Inspector General of Police Mr Okoth Martin Ochola.
Amongst the slots available to be filled are Probational Police Constables and Assistant Inspectors of Police.
On Monday, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga reminded the public that there has been some changes in the entry points of persons intending to join the force.
He said that individuals intending to join as a probational police constables should possess a Uganda Certificate of Education with five credits including Math and English.
Also adjustments have been made to the age groups in some districts where persons above the age of 22 years have been allowed to take interviews.
According to police, the turn up of the exercise is so far positive and that a reasonable number of people have responded.
However, in Kalangala district in greater Masaka region, authorities said that the turn up was less due to the booming fishing activities in the area.
Police said that the ongoing recruitment will help grow the population of the agency.
“We are operating at 43000 personnel out of 80000. That is 51% optimum so the additional number of 5000 will help us so much,” said Enanga.
He also said that immediately after training of the first batch of 5000 persons, another group of 5000 individuals shall be selected as additional.
“We expect that within the next 18 months or two years under which they would have completed their training,” he said.
Authorities say that by the end of the recruitment exercise, police would have grown its population to 53000 officers.
Police says that this has been done to improve on the response capability due to the growing population in the country.