Kampala. The police mobile phone applications are already tracing missing persons and property, three days after being launched.
To upload the apps to your hand set, you visit the police website www.upf.go.ug, download the UPF MOBI APP and install on the mobile phone or personal computer. When you click on the app, it brings you options such as Report Crime, Police Leadership, Nearby Stations, Missing Persons, and Lost & Found.
“When you click on any of these options, you will get details inside. For example, if you click on Lost & Found, you will get a list of the items lost, the date when they were recovered, the police station where they are and contact of the OC of that particular station for easy communication,” acting Police ICT director Felix Baryamwisaki said, while launching the apps on Monday.
Records on the apps show that national IDs, two foreign passports and two children are stuck at the different police stations in Kampala. Kampala Central Police Station has more than 30 national IDs, two foreign passports and two ATM cards.
One of the children is James Atwine, who is being held at Kabalagala Police Division, and another unidentified one, who is at Naalya Police Station. Foreign passports include that of Justo Ludanga, a clinical officer in South Sudan, and that of Daniel Fofie, a Swaziland national.
“When you identify your property at a particular station using these apps, call the number of the officer-in-charge that has been provided and make an arrangement on when to pick them. Please, do not pay any money because these services are free of charge,” said Mr Asan Kasingye, the police chief political commissar.
Mr Kasingye said on many occasions, the police recover children but they get stuck at stations because their relatives are not aware.
“Many police stations are littered with unclaimed property or owners cannot adduce enough evidence to prove that the property belongs to them. Sometimes, this property is auctioned by order of courts or if returned, it is never in its original form,” he said.