The equipment was received by the Inspector General of Police Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura at Muyenga Community Policing Station in Kampala from the USA Embassy team headed by Blaser Virginia.
The IGP showcased the joint counter terrorism outreach program to Ugandans and engaged them to work alongside police through open forums, training and outreach events to foster trust and cooperation between two countries and law enforcing agencies fighting terrorism in the community.
The IGP received four custom omnibuses, 4 terror detector generators and the projector which visuals the methods of terrorism.
The chief Guest Virginia Blaser said USA government was willing in providing mentorship during this program through collaboration with Uganda police by providing vehicles, equipment, and travel funds.
She said both Uganda and United States still face terror threats.
Blaser revealed that terrorist groups in East Africa have exhibited increased levels of sophistication and capability in targeting countries outside their traditional areas of operation.
“Because communities are frequently first exposed to terrorists activity, we need to educate citizens about the most common terrorist methods and motivations and encourage them to report potential terrorist threats to local police which may greatly increase the regional and world wide security surveillance,” she said.
She hailed the UPF for being one of the first forces in Africa to start this community policing policy.
Al Shabaab terrorists in 2010 struck Kampala nightspots, killing over 79 civilians. They have since threatened to attack again.