A cross-section of police officers in West Nile Region have been passed out after completing a three-week training course in public order management in Arua district.
The trainees totalling to 202 comprised Commanders and other ranks drawn from the districts of Arua, Nebbi, Zombo, Pakwach, Madi-Okollo, Maracha and Koboko.
Speaking at the pass-out ceremony which was held at Mvara SSS, Chief Instructor, Sergeant Michael Okiror said “this has been a countrywide training aimed at giving skills and knowledge to police officers on Public Order Management, to familiarise them with the equipment including use of teargas, and to train them on human rights preservation in the course of duty.”
The officers were given both theoretical and practical skills and knowledge as exhibited by the show of various Demonstrations.
Since taking office in March, 2018 Uganda’s new police leadership has begun to address the many allegations of torture by police.
But its actions have yet to go far enough.
The Regional Police Commander Christopher Barugahare revealed this training will prepare the officers to secure the coming elections more professionally.
The Mayor Arua Municipality Mr Isa Kato thanked police management for organising such trainings and told fellow leaders to support police work instead of ganging with wrong elements to criticise police all the time.
Police boss Okoth Ochola recently launched the human rights policy aimed at promoting a democratic, accountable and human rights sensitive policing in Uganda.
He said police officers must comply with the duty and obligation to observe the human rights of people being policed.
Ochola added that the policy was grounded on principles which among include ; performance of duties, police officers should respect and protect human dignity, maintain and uphold the human rights of all persons.
He said officers should act with fairness, self-control, tolerance and impartiality when carrying out their duties, acting with integrity towards members of the public and their colleagues so that confidence in the police is secured and maintained.