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Police should focus on preventing crime than catching criminals

The need to change is not unique to Ugandan policing. In fact, it would be hard to find a police service anywhere in the world today that is not alive to the imperative of change.

“The purpose of the police is to prevent crime taking place and to keep people safe,” Sir Robert Peel, who founded the modern police service in 1829, said the primary test is the absence of crime and disorder.”

My effective crime plan

I am less confident in police crime prevention plan and also about how well prepared our chiefs are to meet another major challenge which they will have to face because we have killers on the run which is  bad news for police and communities.

Crime is changing. People are more likely to be victim of a crime at home or online than on the streets where they live; so, traditional approaches to policing need to change.

Fundamental transformation is required to create a more resilient, sustainable and effective police force. Police must ensure that policing remains at the heart of our communities.

Through this simple plan, police chiefs should focus on:

1- Connecting our communities and the police – through a new Local Policing Promise to ensure policing in the local area is ‘accessible, responsive, informative and supportive.’

2 -Preventing and deterring crime – so police can stop people becoming victims of crime.

3 - Protecting people at risk of abuse and those who are vulnerable – safeguarding the vulnerable and keeping them safe from harm.

4 -Providing high-quality and timely support to victims of crime to help them recover and to get justice by improving the criminal justice system.

Need for police to change, Here is why

A quality relationship between the police and the community, including improving the quality of listening, which is greater than ever before. This is not just about efficiency but about focus and priorities for change.

Talk about “protecting the front line” hasn’t helped because the public want reassurance through visible policing, child protection, online safety and an intelligence-led approach to combating local organised crime.

In my view, there is a need for drastic change in our criminal justice system most of the factors that send crime levels up or down are not in the hands of the police, nor even within the criminal justice system.

They are to do with strong and healthy communities, quick intervention and issues like education and poverty. To do things better, tackle the roots of crime and create a better society. Yes, it’s a challenge!

But the real challenge is to continue reducing spending while preserving – or even improving – the quality of service delivered. Yes, the service may be different. It might not be what we, members of the public, have come to expect. But a different service doesn’t have to mean a worse service.

Transforming Uganda police

The current structure of policing in Uganda has been in place for a long time. However, the demands placed upon the service at this time have changed radically and altered how they deliver policing. The funding constraints, and political desire, coupled with a realisation that the structure of policing in Uganda should be revisited.

We need to review how the service can be streamlined and improved upon, to ensure the continued and future delivery of an efficient and effective service. The provision of enhanced partnership activities linked to the delivery of greater economies of scale should be the key component of review.

Adapting to challenges and the dynamics of a changing environment is not a new concept for the police service. Policing in Uganda has many similarities to that of their colleagues who police throughout East Africa irrespective of geography. But in times of financial austerity the responsible leader should also ask, “Is there a way in which I can continue to deliver an excellent service whilst realising greater efficiency?”

It is my view in this context; the police review will identify the need for change, reform the service, to deliver a more accessible, accountable, efficient, effective, sustainable model of policing for the future.

The nature of policing has changed dramatically in recent years. It is important to take time to ensure the public is informed about what the police do and how well it is performing. Police and partners must also ensure the public has a clear picture of respective responsibilities on complex multi-agency.

“Prevention is far better than cure in policing,” Who could argue that a murder solved is better than a life saved? As Peel’s principles put it, police are “paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen.”

When it comes to crime prevention, Peel and Winsor agree, we are all in it together; that’s why such crime plan can bridge that gap. It is an exhortation that comes straight from Sir Robert Peel’s Principles of Law Enforcement and its demand for “absolutely impartial service to the law”.


+2 #1 kirya 2019-11-07 23:44
m7 corrupted the police! Their job is to intimidate ,arrest and kill innocent Ugandans.
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+1 #2 kirya 2019-11-09 00:13
Police should focus on the criminals in the state house.
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+1 #3 Jama 2019-11-09 00:24
This police is is not worth a national police. First of all it doesn't represent our national diversity.lts composition is based on nepotism and tribalism.

Its headed by a military general, who is disguised as a deputy to the old boss who is relegated to the status of an observer.

This young general receives story directly from his uncle,who is the head of state.

Secondly this police 's first priority is to serve the interests of tyrant regime.

The atrocities committed by this very police against the opposition is enough to testify. Among which the recent attempt to eliminate Besigye by using the water canon.

So in Uganda we have a state militia disguised as police.
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+1 #4 Lysol 2019-11-09 22:36
Gestapo KK was trying to introduce community policing,but he overdid it for his own selfish reasons in order to overthrow Museveni.

Community policy is good to connect and build trust with the general population and prevent crimes.

Museveni runs and militarized the police like one of his many militias that is why the population fear and don't trust them. How can one trust the police

if it teargas/water cannon its citizen and beat them up. That big nose(Rhinophyma) Ochola is no different with his predecessor the angry mad Gestapo KK.
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0 #5 Akot 2019-11-10 20:39
kirya, thanks.

Only Ugandans have the power, through UNITY, to stop the corrupt regime by saying NO to the tribalistic system that will leave Museveni LANDLESS, POWERLESS!

What ever governance Ugandans will go for after, will be their choice!

Dr Obote believed it was Sir E. Mutesa ll/Acholi his enemies & left Amin/Museveni in peace to manipulate, confuse, cause state of wars & confusion!

Ugandans forget Sir E.Mutesa ll/Tito Okello prefered peace & left Ugandans with Dr Obote/Museveni & this was because Sir Mutesa ll/Dr Obote were from tribal lands, while Amin wasen't, Museveni isn't, thus don't care about Ugandans!

Ugandans forget Acholi said NO to Kony & stopped him imposing himself on any tribe!...
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0 #6 Akot 2019-11-10 20:41
...Yet even with deception by Museveni since 1986, his determination to rule for life & hand the post to his military son, Ugandans have not understood it's their country formed by their tribal lands Museveni wants & Ugandans won't be part of this new country, but the demon uses Ugandans against one another to own their land & our people are the last to see it!

Not even tribal leaders will be in posts when Museveni is owner of Uganda!

So, is bringing down the tribalistic system & UNITY that will give chance to throw Museveni out, more dangerous than:

- Reformation of the Republic, or

- Independent Tribal States?
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0 #7 Akot 2019-11-10 20:50
Jama, thanks, so,

Why are Ugandans so peaceful with what goes on instead of standing up in UNITY to get the country formed by their tribal lands, back?

The composition of Museveni's police/army is so dangerous, will be worse when he will be no more as the tribalistic system will blow up on our faces!

Even breaking up NOW to form Independent Tribal States will be safer than Museveni dying leaving Uganda in the tribalistic system, especially as tribal leaders are the last to see how destructive it is & will be without migrant chief Museveni!
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+1 #8 Richard Musaazi 2019-11-12 12:01
There’s a reason you separate the military and police. One fights the enemy of the state the other serves and protects the people.

When the military becomes both then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.
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0 #9 Akot 2019-11-12 19:56
Lysol, agreed, yet,

Police/army protect Museveni who controls tax money!

But once Ugandans understand it's them maintaining Museveni in power through the tribalistic system, they will force tribal leaders to stand down to give chance to UNITY that will then force army/police to be with the people or with Museveni!

Where in the world have we seen police/army taking sides with a dictator after UNITY of a people?

If Dr Besigye & now mp Bobi Wine had called tribal leaders to stand down & to UNITY of Ugandans, Museveni would have been out with no chance of using Ugandans against one another!

Without the tribalistic systrem brought down, Museveni is going no where, so police/army, tribal leaders, those in posts will serve Museveni to ensure he gives them money, while the outside world remains quiet, unconcerned!
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