Police has suspended recruiting any new personnel for the next two years, Dr John Kamya, the head of department for Training, Planning and Quality Control at Uganda Police Force headquarters has revealed.
According to Kamya, the move is in line with a directive from President Yoweri Museveni in November last year to the police leadership to suspend recruitment until 2019.
In the directive, Museveni ordered that the wage bill for recruitment of police personnel be channeled to finance the construction of an oil refinery, standard gauge railway and other national infrastructure.
Kamya says they have now shifted focus to retraining the existing human resource during the duration of the moratorium.
“We got a directive from government that we should suspend recruitment because of national priorities. The nation priorities now are; building the oil refinery, building the standard gauge railway and developing the national infrastructure.
Therefore, any expenditure on new salaries is not a priority now until the FY 2019/2020. And that is what we have done. We have complied, so now we are focusing on retraining the already existing human resource so that we make them more effective to cover the gap that would have been covered by the new entrants that we would have been bringing in”, said Kamya.
He says they have prioritized the training of scene of crimes officers, criminal investigations officers and traffic police. 500 officers reported to Kabalye police training school this week for retooling.
Kamya further says police embarked on annual police recruitment to raise the number of personnel from 14,000 to 100,000 in order for one personnel to police 500 people. With the current 45,000 personnel, one police officer will police between 800 to 1,000 persons in some districts.
“The internationally accepted police population ratio is one police officer should police 500 people. But ours is now 1 to 800, in some districts 1 to1000 and it doesn’t make police do it’s work effectively. But where the population ratio is high like that, then you just have to capacitate the existing staff to make them more efficient and also give them more equipment so that one man can do work of two men using technology and equipment and so on. Visibility is very important when police is being seen to be around, fewer crimes are committed", he said.
The last group of recruit were cadet officers who were passed out in November 2016.