By Fred Kiva
Uganda Police Force has launched two mobile applications to help people find lost property and bridge gaps between communities and police stations.
The applications were on Monday launched by Police Chief Political Commissar, AIGP Asan Kasingye at Naguru Police Headquarters.
AIGP Kasingye said the applications are in fulfillment of the police constitutional mandate of protecting life and property, but also an implementation of the Police Information Management System (PIMS) as per the Force’s five year strategic Policing Plan 2015/2020.
“The Uganda Police Force has a constitutional mandate of protecting life and property. Actually one of the rights we are born with and is universal is the right to property. Recently, we have realized that due to very many reasons, the rate at which the police is protecting this right, leave alone recover the property and bring the perpetrators to justice is reducing,” Kasingye noted.
He added, “This could be explained by many factors which include advanced technology, that’s unmatched with police innovation, lack of trust and confidence in the police by the public and poor investigation.”
The new applications will help members of the public to get information on the location and leadership of police stations of interest and help those with lost and found property to recover them by merely browsing on their mobile phones. The two applications are anchored on the police website www.upf.go.ug
Kasingye however explained that the applications will be of much help to those people who have registered lost and found property with the police, adding that officers will be designated at every police station to feed information on the lost and found property into the application database and also be focal persons in handing the recovered items over to their owners, free of charge.
“This is a free service; nobody should be charged any amount of money. Let them (members of the public) report anybody who does that,” he emphasized.
AIGP Kasingye said that the new innovation will help people easily get information about the presence of lost and found property and also rid police stations of “littered” unclaimed property.
Acting Police Director in charge ICT, Commissioner of Police Felix Baryamwisaki revealed that the Police through the Political Commissariat will now embark on a countrywide sensitization trail to create public awareness and utilization of the new mobile applications.