Update on Gun Fingerprinting Exercise

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The CCTV Project started 2019 and has two phases, first phase is intended to cover the surveillance systems for Kampala Metropolitan area and phase two is intended to cover surveillance systems for municipalities, highways and major towns.   The total number of cameras to be installed is 3233 and so far 60% (1940)of these have been installed.  The distance covered in laying fibre optic cables is 1065.709, trenched distance in kilometres is 795.37.  So far installation of cameras is ongoing in police divisions which include:- Katwe, CPS, Old Kampala, Jinja road, Wandegeya, Kajjansi, Nansana, Entebbe, Wakiso, Kawempe, Kira division, Kasubi.  Installations are expected to be concluded by 30th December 2019.  These installations will aid the police in investigations of crimes and prosecution of offenders.  Training of the operators, commanders and technicians is already taking place.  So far with the help of the cameras, we have had successes in 27 incidents around CPS Kampala, 8 incidents around Katwe, 06 around Old Kampala and 07 around Wandegeya.


A joint security team is in the process of registering all guns in the country. The team is comprised of UPDF, UPF, UPS, UWA, ESO, ISO working closely with relevant authorities. So far, the team has registered all guns in the hands of the Police Force, Prisons service Private security and those privately licensed within Kampala metropolitan Area. The team is concerned with capturing the data of each individual gun and marching this data with the holder. The team then forwards this data to the forensic experts for purpose of interpretation and storage using the Integrated Ballistics Identification Systems (IBIS). It is important to note that individual guns have individual characteristics which differentiate them from others. This will make the work of tracking guns easier after their use. While Finger Printing, the team will fire bullets from each gun so as to get the unique characteristics. The public is encouraged not to be alarmed when they hear the sound of guns in the specific areas as we shall be informing you. Tomorrow 16th April 2019, the team will embark on registering guns in Katonga region. The team is working to ensure that by the end of July, all guns under the Police Force, the Prisons services, private ownership as well those held by private security organisations will have been registered.


ACP Namaye Polly


15th April 2019


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