Officers Charged to Guard Uganda Police Force Reputation

NEWS – The Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) Mwesigwa Frank has urged police officers to prioritize safeguarding the reputation of the Uganda Police Force while fulfilling their constitutional duty to serve the citizens.

As the Deputy Director of Counter-Terrorism, SCP Mwesigwa stressed the vital importance of showing unwavering respect for society and the individuals they protect while on duty.

“We are here to serve the people, not the other way around,” SCP Mwesigwa emphasized.

He added, “It is essential that we respect and actively listen to them. Even the equipment we carry is community-owned. Our status as armed officers should never lead us to underestimate the significance of society. Let us maintain our dedication to our duty.”

These remarks were made at a graduation ceremony for 103 police officers specializing in Counter-Terrorism, who completed a rigorous one-month induction course focusing on the protection of Very Important Persons (VIPs) and the fight against terrorism on September 22, 2023, at Kigo Marine Base.

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SCP Mwesigwa reiterated that respect is fundamental to preserving the Force’s esteemed reputation.

The primary goal of this course was to enhance their capabilities, skills, and professionalism in executing these critical responsibilities within Uganda.

SCP Mwesigwa emphasized the importance of a more perceptive approach to identifying and managing threats effectively.

He also addressed concerns about some bodyguards assigned to VIPs exceeding their professional mandates by performing tasks like carrying bags and handling domestic chores.

SCP Mwesigwa underscored the significance of adhering strictly to one’s professional duties and responsibilities while on duty.

“We are actively planning additional training programs to enhance your capabilities. We recognize the limitations in our numbers, but our commitment remains strong in equipping you with invaluable skills. Once you acquire these skills, make the utmost use of them,” he stated.

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All participants were called upon to uphold discipline and set high standards as police officers, emphasizing that this would lead to enhanced efficiency, improved service delivery, and an overall elevation of the force’s professionalism.

The country is on high alert against terrorism, underscoring the critical need for vigilance from both our security agencies and citizens.

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