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Police welcomes newly appointed army officers

IGP Martin Okoth Ochola. Uganda Police has, on Wednesday, July 3,  welcomed the appointment of Army officers in the force. (FILE PHOTO

KAMPALA- Uganda Police Force has on Wednesday, July 3, welcomed the appointment of four army officers to senior positions in three police directorates.

In a statement dated July 3, the Uganda Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police appreciated the president’s decision.

“The Inspector General of Police would like to thank the President for the appointment on secondment of additional UPDF officers to the police, ”Enanga said in a statement.

Mr. Enanga further revealed that the secondment of the UPDF officers comes at a time when there’s increasing convergence of policing and military doctrines and better partnership in addressing policing concerns countrywide.

President Museveni, on July 2, appointed several army officers to police. (PHOTO/File)

“We further thank our counterparts the UPDF that is stable now, for not denying us the opportunity to utilize their officers who will oversee 03 out of the 19 directorates in the police. We look forward to the wealth knowledge and experience they bring along with them that will help provide top quality policing service to the staff and the wider public,” reads the statement in part.

According to Mr. Enanga, their collective efforts will have a strong and positive impact on the community they are privileged to serve.

Police Spokeman Fred Enanga addresses the media. (PHOTO/File).

“As we continuously seek to improve, using best practices, a number of reforms are taking place including the expansion of the community policing model, training and re-training officers, improved welfare, use of new technology among others for the appropriate response to emerging policing threats,” Enanga revealed.

He said they will continue balancing the act of providing the right tools to police while ensuring they maintain the ethos of community policing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the police.

The seconded officers include the Chief Joint Stuff (CJS) AIGP Brigadier Godfrey Golooba, AIGP Brigadier Jack Bakasumba, the director human resource development and training who replaced AIGP Haruna Isabirye, who is heading to New York as the police attachee to the Uganda Mission according to police.

Museveni deploys top military officers to police in the new reshuffle. (PHOTO /courtesy)

Others include AIGP Colonel Jese Kamunanwire, the Director Human Resource Administration, who replaced AIGP Moses Balimwoyo, now transferred as Director Interpol and international relations.

AIGP Balimwoyo also replaced SPC Oyo Nyeko Benson, who was Acting Director and now heads to the AFRIPOL Headquarters in Algiers as the Police Laison Officer.

And finally, AIGP Col Chris Serunjiji Damulira, the Director of Crime Intelligence replaced SCP Chombe Amur, who is transferred as Deputy Director Interpol and international relations.

The newly appointed army officers will join Brig Sabiiti Mzee, who is the Deputy IGP, in the police force.

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