Officers of the Uganda police force countrywide have been ordered to provide feedback to stakeholders especially on the progress of investigations on various crimes reported.
This was communicated in a circular by the Director Criminal Investigations Directorate Joseph Obwona which was sent to the district police commanders and officers in charge of all police stations and posts in the country.
According to the director, the new guidelines come at the backdrop of numerous complaints from the public regarding failure to provide feedback on the cases registered at police stations for investigations and also those forwarded to Resident State Attorney or DPP.
Mr Obwona noted that most of the complaints received by police include mismanagement of cases, soliciting for bribes, failure to arrest suspects, questionable release of suspects and biasness by police during investigations.
“It has been noted that in a majority of situations, police officers involved in investigations do perform their duties quite remarkably well but this is never brought to the attention of the complainants, victims or community leaders, hence leading to misconceptions and complaints,” said Mr Obwona.
Adding that “In order to address such complaints you are here by directed to start giving written feedback to concerned parties.”
In the same vein, the police boss told his subordinates to always conduct one on one meetings with various parties to ensure transparency in police work.
On community policing, the director urged officers to actively participate in sensitizing the communities on challenging crimes in their areas of operation.