76% Ugandans Believe Community Policing Has Had Less Impact – GCIC Poll

Para-social workers and police during child protection community policing. (ACODEV picture)

76 percent of Ugandans believe efforts by the Police to work together with community members in detection, adiposity prevention and solving of crime have less positive impact, ampoule a poll by the Government Citizens Interaction Centre (GCIC) has indicated.

Launched in Uganda in 2012, page community policing is a system of allocating police officers to particular areas so that they become familiar with the local inhabitants and work together with comminuty members in executing their duties.

It is believed that the system would go a long way in addressing rampant criminal activities in the sub county where local leaders are doing a lot in partnering with the police and other security agencies

The recent poll conducted via twitter attracted over 500 Ugandans taking part in the exercise and others explaining reasons for their choice via the GCIC twitter timeline.

“To get things done, they always want to be bribed, so they work for themselves in the community not for or with the community,” said a one Hannington Owere in his response.

“Not at all; because it seems to work for the state and not for the people. It instead works against the people through brutality,” Mugabi Conley, one of the participants in the poll noted.

Other Ugandans however praised the Police for the job they are doing in community policing saying the initiative will improve the relationship between the Police and the community.

“Sincerely, I have on several occasions seen Police addressing people in my area. We need to appreciate their efforts,” said Dickson Namisi in a tweet.

Another participant, Denis Nabende said that there is need to get the police to “put the same focus on protecting and securing property as they do for Fika Salama.”

Responding to the poll, Morrison Rwakakamba, the GCIC head said that the police is doing a good job in many areas although most Ugandans haven’t felt the impact.

“Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime,” he said.

“I think police is doing a good job, for instance in Munyonyo area. But most Ugandans, 76%, haven’t felt impact. If it’s not yet done, police training should embbed civil- law eforcment relations,” he added.

Rwakakamba said that community policing will make law enforcement cheaper, efficient and will reduce crime in the country thus increasing long term investments.

“This will in turn reduce risk profile of the Country and increase long term investiments. I think IGP Gen. Kayihura is working on this vision, we all as citizenry need to help him and the police to upscale community policing across Uganda.”

The GCIC works a primary two-way contact point for government and its citizens and primary channel for government to get feedback and suggestions from citizens.

It runs a toll free line (900) where one can call and get to ask questions or give feedback on government services. It also runs a number of social media platforms including twitter, Facebook, among others for online engagements.


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