Apac- Police in Apac District have recruited more than 2,000 men and women to support the Force in fighting crime, especially in the rural areas.
The move comes after residents expressed concern over the rising crime cases in the district involving robbery and murder
The crime preventers were passed out on Wednesday at a function held at Bomah Grounds in Apac Town.
The district police commander, Mr Titus Byaruhanga, said the recruitment is in line with the police’s aim of eliminating crime in the district as they celebrate 100 years of police existence in Uganda. The celebration is scheduled for October 3.
“The government has found that the role played by the communities in fighting crime is important,” Mr Byaruhanga said.
“A modern police force entails being pro-people, professional, disciplined,” he added.
Mr Byaruhanga said most sub-counties in the district have between two and three police officers, who cannot meet effectively serve communities’ needs, but with the recruitment of crime preventers, the Force’s capacity will be boosted.
He added that some crime preventers will be absorbed as Special Police Constables, with a chance of joining the Force. He asked them to maintain discipline and be exemplary while executing their duties.
This is not the first time crime preventers are recruited in the district. In 2010, a total of 3,800 crime preventers were passed out by Gen Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, some of whom were later absorbed into the Force.