Police to Use Journalists to Combat Crimes in Rebranding Strategy

Assistant Inspector of Police Fred Yiga speaking to journalists on Monday afternoon.

The Uganda Police Force will start to “widely” use the reports and information from journalists to help combat the increasing criminality.

Through a new  strategy dubbed  ‘rectification ‘ launched by the Inspector General of Police a few weeks ago, viagra sale the police will rely on tips from members of the media and following their daily reports in the publications and  broadcasts to follow up on  cases of criminality.

“It is time for the question to be solved by everyone not because the police is weak but because there is need to work together for our country to move to the next level, order ” Assistant Inspector of Police Fred Yiga told journalists on Monday afternoon.

“We need to have collaboration to address the increasing trend of crime in the country. We know the reports by media houses can greatly change perceptions of the public. If they are positive towards the fight against criminality, viagra 100mg then a lot can be achieved.”

According to the police boss, the media has in one way  or the other  contributed to the increase of criminality in the country  citing names and slangs used  that tend to give license to people who perpetrate crime.

“The use of language and names like Kifeesi, bafere and bayaaye directly impact on the people who tend to adopt ways to suit the respective names as given to them by the media. We need to change this attitude of giving license to people to commit crimes. There is a lot we can do.”

Yiga also encouraged journalists to come out in person or through investigative reports and pin police officers engaged in actions that may lead to criminality.

When put to task to explain why some individuals especially civilians are engaged in criminality but walk scot free, Yiga acknowledged there is a relationship between criminals and some of their officers who facilitate them but said this has to come to an end.

“We have to redefine what is expected of our officers and refine what is entailed in professionalism. There is need to review the way we handle cases. We have to redefine our internal policing systems and how to enforce law and order,” Yiga noted.

“Those who obey the law are under threat from those who disobey it; if we don’t address these issues criminals will take over the country. This however should not be a blame game but rather efforts intended to see that all stake holders work together to help fight criminality.”

The commander of the Police Standards Unit Fortunate Habyara said the force has  increased in the efforts to have its officers act professionally   adding that a number of them have been arrested in the spate.

“We have arrested a number of officers involved in corruption and receiving of bribes and those involved in sale and distribution of illegal drugs,”Habyara said.

According to the police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the new strategy is intended to ensure better service delivery by the force as well as restoring trust from the public towards police.

“The police professional Standards Unit is engaged in the program that will see us get feedback from the public and we act to help combat criminality in the various communities,” Enanga said.

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