By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The Uganda Police Force have procured seven saloon cars to benefit the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
The vehicles officially launched by the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola on Wednesday at Police Headquarters Naguru, will be allocated to Police regions of Wamala, Katonga, Savanah, Sezibwa, Busoga East, Greater Bushenyi and Greater Masaka.
“I am happy to launch seven (07) units of saloon vehicles, for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, as part of our long running campaign and strategy to reduce crime,” Ochola said.
He added that the fleet of vehicles will be used for a variety of CID tasks ranging from the day-to-day activities of responding and documenting crime scenes; arresting and transporting suspects, facilitating movement of witnesses and victims, corresponding with other stakeholders in the criminal justice system among others.
IGP Ochola is optimistic that this facilitation is not only essential in the fight against crime, “but will also improve public confidence in our work.”
The vehicles will help the beneficiary regions in “effective and efficient response to CID work by providing a more visible and reassuring policing presence by the CID, across their respective regions, some of which are covert in nature.”
According to a statement issued on Thursday, an additional 15 motorcycles have been procured and will be allocated to regional CID offices of Kampala Metropolitan Police, Bukedi, Elgon, Busoga North, Aswa, West Nile, Sipi, Rwenzori East, Mt. Moroto and Kidepo.
“The force has plans to procure more specialist vehicles for other units as well that will include; Forensic services, Traffic, Counter-Terrorism, Fire and Rescue, Medical services and other operational requirements. We shall ensure, there is value for money on all equipment procured,” the statement indicated.