In a bid to bring rising insecurity under control and boost Uganda Police Force (UPF) capabilities, 10,000 police officers are set to be recruited this year.
Asan Kasingye, the Police’s Chief Political Commissioner (CPC) told members of parliament yesterday that this will be done in a phased manner.
“We are going to recruit 5,000 now. Immediately after training them, we shall recruit another 5,000. That is for both police constables and technical people who will be recruited at the rank of learner assistant inspector of police”, Kasingye said.
The recruitment announcement comes amid the ongoing Local Defense Unit (LDU) recruitment exercise targeting 3,000 youth in the central districts of Wakiso, Kampala and Mukono.
While justifying this before parliament early this year, Mario Obiga Kania the state minister for security said at about 43,000 police officers, the police force is still understaffed.
Although Police’s 2018 crime report indicates that crime decreased by 5.2% to 238,746 cases from 252,065 previously, there continues to be a worrying wave of violent armed robberies mostly around the cities.