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IGP Ochola warns govt officials of misusing their CT Police bodyguards

(Last Updated On: 20 June 2022)

“CT-Police officers are not meant to guard gates and properties but rather ensure close protection of the personality assigned,” says AIGP Edward Ochom.

By Robert Edwomu

Katakwi – June 20, 2022: The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola is set to write to the government officials who are enjoying Counter-Terrorism (CT) Police protection services following reports that the security officers are being abused by their principals.

In a bid to address the complaint, Police have developed a Deployment Policy of Guards and Escorts (DPGE) in an attempt to address the abuse of officers assigned to top government officials and diplomats.

Police have established that some VIPs have lowered the highly skilled and trained CT Police guards to carrying their handbags, milking their cows, guarding properties, wives, and girlfriends contrary to the roles and responsibilities of security officers.

Whereas the Principals should provide means of transport to the officers, it’s also established that other bosses have resorted to carrying bodyguards in boots and squeezed spaces which don’t allow guards to respond immediately to an attack in case of any eventuality.

AIGP Edward Ochom, the Director of Operations Uganda Police says that the IGP is writing to all guarded officials and serving them with the policy to avoid abuse of their officers.

Ochom made this remark during the passing out ceremony of 228 Counter Terrorism Police and 64 Scene of Crime Officers trained in the Basic Counter-Terrorism Course at Olilim Police Training School in Katakwi district on Friday [last week].

He says CT-Police officers are not meant to guard gates and properties but rather ensure close protection of the personality assigned.

He also asked the officials to always avail their guards with all necessary threats and avoid routines to minimize attempts of assassinations like that of Gen. Katumba Wamala.

Ochom further warns guards to keep and maintain secrets of their bosses both official and private.

AIGP Brigadier Godfrey Golooba, the Director of Human Resource Development and Training asks the CT-Police guards to maintain ethics and professional code of conduct of police standard units to deliver excellent work that Ugandans admire.

He challenges officers to endeavor to exercise discipline to ensure that their constitutional mandate of protecting property and lives is achieved perfectly.

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