The Uganda Police has reportedly been ranked as the kindest police force in the world.
This is according to the latest ranking by the World International Security and Police Index (WISPI).
Uganda Police spokesman Fred Enanga told press today that the ranking measured mostly the level of restraint that police officers were able to exercise when met with hostility in the course of their duty.
WISPI says this index measures among others the “ability of police institutions worldwide to render effective security services as well as measuring public’s confidence in such services; rates on fear of crime; rates of crime victims and the indicators of police operations and activities.”
According to Enanga, the ranking measured levels of provocations and hostile environments, and determined that the Ugandan police force officers were the most cool-headed.
“And of course on a number of occasions you have seen how our traffic officers are being attacked, recently one in Nakawula was being chased by the public and in Kyoga region two officers were being boxed and kicked around.” he said.
“In many of these cases you see unprovoked attacks on officers where you see members of the public punching and kicking police officers and resisting arrest. Yet in all these cases our officers are armed and you would have expected them to shoot people dead or use some excessive amount of force they didn’t.”
Following the latest ranking, Enanga says the Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola has since congratulated all officers and thanked them for “conducting themselves professionally with great restraint in the performance of their duties”
“The IGP also says the force will confine to review the use of force policy and procedures to ensure that there are many options that our frontline officers explore with their supervisors without resorting to use of lethal force.”