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IGP to flag off nationwide recruitment to boost police force

Police Spokesperson Mr Fred Enanga addressing the media at Police headquarters in Naguru. (PHOTO/File).

KAMPALA- The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola will this week flag off 25 recruitment teams on a 7- day country wide recruitment exercise.

This enrolment process is intended to attract 4,500 PPCs and 500 Learner AIPs to the police force. The process is to commence on July 29 until August 4 and this will cover all the districts in the country.

According to the Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the recruitment is based on the needs of the institution that were identified through a staffing analysis.

“It has to be in line with our vision to provide an enlightened, motivated, community oriented, accountable and modern police force that is geared towards a crime free society” he said.

He reminded the public that the police is a service organisation and the quality of service delivery is directly linked to the quality of personnel who are recruited.

“Therefore, the process of attracting potential recruits and learner AIPs is more complex, than merely convincing a large number of candidates to submit their applications,” Mr Enanga revealed.

The recruitment teams have been briefed on the recruitment process and further tasked to ensure, they recruit sufficient numbers of qualified persons, who are a “good fit” for the institution.

The candidates should have good communication skills, be calm, confident, problem solvers, team players who can easily build relationships, respect other people and appreciate views from the public.

Police PRO Enanga therefore urged all interested applicants to read and satisfy themselves, with the minimum eligibility criteria, before they apply.

He reminded the public of some of the qualifications for one to apply.

“One must be Ugandan citizens with a valid national ID (NIN), must have no criminal record, should be ready to undertake the requisite twelve (12) months Police Basic Training.

He added that one must be physically fit, should be ready to work in any part of the country and possess good communication skills.

According to police, on the recruitment day the applicants should register upon arrival,hand in hand written applications accompanied by originals and photocopies of academic documents.

They should also posses an ID of the previous institution /school attended plus three (3) recent passport size photographs.

Applicants should also hand in recommendation letters from LCI, LCII, LCIII and RDC from the respective districts of recruitment.

“Whereas the entry level for the Learner AIPs still remains at Diploma Level, the entry level for Probation Police Constables was reverted to UCE, with 5 credits, (English and Maths inclusive),” adds police.

Uganda Police says this followed a study that established better retention levels and lower turnover rates with UCE holders compared to UACE holders.

“We would like to further reiterate that the police is an equal opportunities, employer and that the process of recruitment is by rule and merit. Therefore, all applicants are warned against giving bribes or make attempts to influence the recruitment process, through politicians, unscrupulous people, intermediary agents or policemen. There is no way of getting selected through fraudulent means.” Police warned.

It adds saying that persons found to be giving such false promises must be reported to the nearest police station the PSU, or other anti-corruption agency for investigation.

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