By Jolly Gwari &Agencies
The police have welcomed the appointment of a number of senior army officers to head three of the Police Directorates including crime intelligence, saying the expertise of the UPDF will significantly address the policing concerns countrywide. As a the result, the IGP portrays his gratitude towards H.E President Museveni for the appointment on secondment of additional UPDF officers to the Police.
AIGP Brig J ack Bakasumba who was the formal commander of Singo Peace Support Training Centre has been appointed as the Chief of Joint Staff of Police. AIGP Brig Godfrey Golooba was appointed as the new Director of Human Resource Development and Training in Police. He replaces AIGP Haruna Isabirye, who is heading to New York as the Police Attaché to the Ugandan mission.
AIGP Colonel Jese Kamunanwire replaces AIGP Moses Balimwoyo as Director of Human Resource Administration. Notably, Balimwoyo has been transferred as Director Interpol and International relations. In addition, SCP Oyo Nyeko Benson who was the Acting Director will now head to the AFRIPOL Headquarters in Algiers to serve as the Police Liaison Officer.
AIGFP Col Serunjoji Damulira is the new Director of Crime Intelligence in Police, replacing SCP Chombe Amur who has been appointed as Deputy Director Interpol and International Relations.
CP Fred Enanga greatly welcomed the new officers, “We do congratulate all the officers in their new appointments and welcome those seconded to the institutions”. Enanga also says that the secondment of UPDF officers have come at a time when there is increasing convergence of policing and military doctrines and better partnership in addressing policing concerns countrywide. “ we further thank our counterparts, the UPDF that is stable now, for not denying us the opportunity to utilize their officers who will oversee 3 out of 9 of the directorates in the police” Enanga said.
Enanga said that the police is looking forward to the wealth of knowledge and experience, the military officers bring along with them that will help provide top quality policing service to the staff and the wider public. “We strongly believe that our collective efforts will have a strong and positive impact on the community we are privileged to serve” he added.
Particularly, Enanga pointed out some areas where police have drawn its best practices from UPDF such as intelligence gathering, supervision, discipline, handling highly risky and confrontational situations. Not only that, but the police is also using the best practices to improve and make a number of reforms, for instance, the expansion of the community policing model, training and re-training of officers, improved welfare, use of new technology and many others for an appropriate response to emerging policing threats.