609 Officers Graduate In Basic Security Management The newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police, Brig. Sabiiti Muzeyi has today passed out 609 police officers.
The officers have been undergoing a two months basic security management course at Kigo Marine Base in Wakiso District.
The officers from the rank of Police Constable to Assistant Superintendent of Police were drawn from the Kampala Metropolitan police and 32 from the Greater Masaka area. “It is with great pleasure that I represent the IGP as the chief guest at this closure of basic security management course, the first task to preside over a police function as Deputy Inspector General of Police, what a beautiful welcome,” DIGP Brig Sabiiti said.
He added that the course was derived from the police council meeting which requires all police directorates, units, and regions to conduct regular internal capacity building programs for the personnel. “I intently observed what you have been able to achieve in a mere period of two months and I must tell you, I am very happy,” said DIGP Sabiiti.
He pledged total support for the program as a way of professionalizing the Uganda Police Force. He also advised the trainees to go and apply all the skills and knowledge acquired for the benefit of the communities that they serve.
“Endeavor to remain healthy so as to serve longer and look after your families. There is a very serious problem of Hepatitis B, it has a vaccine so it’s important that commanders make sure that people are checked and immunized. HIV/Aids is still a threat and it kills and demobilizes. If you have it, don’t go and lock yourself in the house,” warned DIGP Sabiiti.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander (KMP), CP. Frank Mwesigwa noted that the course came up as a result of training needs assessment which was conducted after testing the field.
“So far, we have trained over 1,000 officers and our dream is to train everyone because this is the basic foundation and if not laid properly, ultimately we cannot achieve a lot in professionalizing the force,” said KMP commander.
He added that training will also address operational mistakes that have been done in the field for a long time like the way officers handle weapons, shooting people mistakenly and the dress code among others. The officers were trained in weapon handling, martial arts, self defense, and Public Order Management among other areas.