Commander Kampala Metropolitan Police meets the residents of Kasangati in an end of year security assessment meeting.
In a meeting held in Kasangati, CP. Mwesigwa Frank assured residents that Kampala Metropolitan Police is ready to cooperate with them to reduce the rate of crime in their areas. He urged the people to work closely with area commanders for easy information sharing so that crime rate can be reduced, be very vigilant in identifying/ monitoring criminals. To this effect, he donated telephone landlines to all police stations and posts under Kasangati Division with the aim of easing the flow of information between the residents and the police.
CP. Mwesigwa said that police has already started a system cleanup for unmeasuring police officers. He reassured the residents that he would look into the behavior of some individual officers whose policing capabilities were questionable. The key indicators while assessing the officers include the quality of services (whether satisfactory or wanting),response to the public concerns and emergency calls, community policing skills, decision making capabilities, operational capabilities, client customer care attitude and the general discipline.
“Policing is a mission where an officer’s main focus should be the public security concerns”, Mwesigwa said.
The top city cop pledged a calm and secure Christmas Festive Season without any major security incidents though he highlighted that there are still terror threats which call for personal consciousness, vigilance, target hardening and focusing on personal security. He challenged the local authorities, able residents to install security lights along streets, dark corners and possible dark spots to avert any chances of theft, burglary and house breaking.
Advised the general public to drive carefully and follow the traffic and road safety guidelines to minimize on the risks of loosing lives, personal and property alertness during this exciting festive season. He further promised disruptive snap check points aimed at fighting against the increased cases of animal thefts and robbery.
Mwesigwa reechoed that event managers/organizers should note that for any major events in Kampala Metropolitan Area, a formal notification was a mandatory requirement aimed at notifying police for proper security assessment, planning and supervision. He also elaborated on the concerns about the charge of Rogue and Vagabond formerly the famous “idle and disorderly” by reminding the officers that it wasn’t a proper practice to arrest people aimlessly under this offence without proper justification for example people coming from watching late European football matches, people coming from late night duty and possesses National ID’s and other official forms of identification. The Kampala Metropolitan Commander said that for a person to be arrested on a rogue and vagabond charge there must be ingredients qualifying him/her to be arrested.
As crime becomes more global in nature, Kampala Metropolitan Police continues to strengthen its security in partnership with crime preventers, private security organizations, look out teams and other security stake holders working in line with the famous community policing approach coupled with the mayumba kumi system. Several joint operations and intelligence sharing initiatives with the police authorities have led to significant seizures of hardcore criminals, drugs, recovering of valuable stolen items as well as a large number of arrests.
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