In a bid to re-enforce the recently launched community policing program, store http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-admin/includes/plugin.php the South East Dutch region Police force has donated 4million bicycles worth Shs13.6m to their Ugandan counterparts.
Uganda Police held a function to receive the bicycles at the police headquarters in Naguru, case which was attended Deputy Inspector in charge of special duties and sports Andrew Sorowen, Tonny Bosch (Dutch police representative) and Amanda Ngabirano from Makerere University Department of Architectural and Physical planning.
“As part of our efforts to integrate transport planning, we thought it wise and introduced the bicycles to be used by the police force to move easily from place to place,” Ngabirano explained.
“The bicycles can be useful in cases of emergency. An officer will just jump on one and access the crime scene very fast.
Ngabirano added that the bicycles could also be used by traffic officers to help them move fast as they monitor traffic in the city.
While speaking to our reporter, Tonny Bosch from Netherlands explained that with the increasing problems associated with traffic congestion in the cities, bicycles would come in handy because they are cheap and easy to maintain.
“In Holland, 50% of the trips are made using bicycles and the same can be applied in Kampala. With the congestion, it’s difficult to cater for all cars and we can therefore use bicycles which use 20 times less space than cars,” Bosch noted.
The Deputy Police boss in charge of Special duties Andrew Sorowen said at the function that this was a big step in a bid to popularize community policing and help reduce crimes.
“They will be used for patrols and will surely ease our work as well as being used to keep our officers
fit and work extra hours,” Sorowen explained.
The deputy police chief urged female cops to make use of the bicycles as one of the ways to keep them fit.