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Ugandan Police Minister Urges Integrity and Professionalism in Force During Graduation Ceremony”

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State Minister for Internal Affairs, David Muhoozi, warned police officers in Wakiso, Uganda, against associating with criminals, emphasizing the need to maintain the force’s integrity. During the graduation of 45 Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs), Muhoozi stressed the importance of commanders understanding their environment and engaging with the community without becoming involved in criminal activities.
Muhoozi urged leaders to set limits and be aware of their roles, cautioning against actions that tarnish their titles and the force’s reputation. He acknowledged the presence of temptations but emphasized the responsibility of each officer to resist such mischiefs. The minister highlighted the revolutionary sentiment of shame and urged professionalism, discipline, and consciousness among the police force.
The warning comes amid the dismissal of seven police officers facing criminal prosecutions for involvement in robberies resulting in a loss of over 2.5 billion shillings. The graduation ceremony recognized outstanding participants, including SSP Clive Bernard Ssemusu for innovation, SP Fatuma Nakanwagi for stimulating debate, and SP Moses Ojok as the overall best student.
Senior Commissioner of Police Moses Kafeero, the college commandant, explained the course’s components, covering intermediate command and management skills with input from experts from universities and police officers. Gen. Muhoozi suggested incorporating planning for national events like elections and prioritizing legal aspects in the training module, emphasizing the importance of understanding criminal law, the constitution, and the Magistrates Act for effective policing and evidence collection.

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