By Fred Kiva
Newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeeyi says police must be militarized,if they are to effectively deal with the changing crime trend.
Brig Sabiiti, a former commander of the military police and deputy commander of the special forces command said he doesn't know the difference between police and the army.
Brig Sabiiti replaced Martin Okoth Ochola who was appointed IGP, replacing Gen Kale Kayihura.
"People asking why we are militarizing police...I don't know the difference between police and army.We have terrorism,we have violent criminals and the first line of defence is police," Brig Sabiiti Muzeeyi said as he officiated at the pass out of over 600 Kampala Metropolitan Police Officers at Kigo Marine Police Base.
The officers have undergone a two months basic security training course in line with a recent police council decision for individual directorates to do internal training of their officers.
The officers trained in marksmanship, martial arts, political education, weapon handling and public order management.
D.IGP Sabiiti said such trainings will be supported in the quest to continue professionalising the force.
The KMP Commander Frank Mwesigwa says the course intends to build general officers' capacity to address operational mistakes usually made in the field.
We conducted a training needs assessment and we realised this is the only way to close the gap, Mwesigwa said.