Uganda police trains 340 CT, SOCO officers

(Last Updated On: 26 March 2023)

Katakwi Uganda Police Force has dispersed a total of 340 officers after undergoing a successful basic Counter Terrorism (CT) and Forensic induction course.

The course took 17 weeks at Olilim Police Training School (PTS) in Katakwi district.

At least 270 CT officers will be attached to the Oil and Gas sector and 70 Scene of Crime Officers (SOCOs) under Forensic Services. Their pass-out event took place on Friday, March 24, 2023, and was officiated over by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP).

The pass out was Counter Terrorism intake of 008/22-23 and 02/2023 Forensic induction course for SOCOs.

Dhikusooka Awali is the Acting Commandant PTS of Olilim. He says the officers have been equipped with tactics to execute difficult operations both in forensic and oil and gas sectors respectively.

Despite successful pass out, Awali disclosed that some participants escaped from the training as others were sent back due to health complications. He revealed one died during the training.

Abbas Byakagaba, the Director of Counter Terrorism (CT) said they intend to have all personnel under the counter-terrorism directorate undergo basic CT training.

Also, Frank Mwesigwa who is the Senior Commissioner of the Oil and Gas Police division asked the officers to observe the rules of the camp while guarding the sensitive oil and gas sector that will transform the country’s economy.

He tasked the guards to exhibit their duties vigilantly while observing human rights.

The acting Director of, the Directorate of Forensic Services, Assistant Commissioner of Police Andrew Mubiru warns officers against the use of drugs and substances to enhance duties, but rather use the skills and set standards to execute duties.

He challenges them to effectively ensure proper care of the machinery they use in offices to improve forensic services.

AIGP Godfrey Golooba is the Director of Human Resource Development and urged officers to observe discipline and ethically perform all duties in line with the police standard units.

Maj. Gen. Tumusiime Katsigazi, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) has asked the officers to put the skill into use to ensure that Ugandans are free of terror.

Katsigazi further warned officers to stay away from corrupt tendencies, citing that corruption has killed the credibility of the forces and communities because of few individuals.

“The government is committed to improving the welfare and accommodation of the officers in forces to restore public trust,” he said.

Some trainees (now passed out) commended the Uganda Police Force for organizing training that has enhanced their efficiency to execute their mandate.

Police Training School Olilim has trained several CT and SOCOs officers currently serving in different parts and sectors of the country since 2014.

By Robert Edwomu, Soroti.

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