By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. A total of 145 Military Police personnel including ten officers and thirteen female combatants were on Friday passed out after completing a three week long prisoner handling and management course at Luzira Prisons Academy and Training School (PATS), Kampala.
The pass out ceremony at the Prison's academy premises was presided over by the Regional Prisons Commander Kampala extra Commissioner John Bosco Tumwebaze who represented the Commissioner General of Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija. The course was tailored around professional handling and management of prisoners.
“Military Police (MP) of UPDF is the custodian of military unlawful offenders. Being custodians of the military detention facilities, it was imperative for military police handlers to be equipped and imparted with skills and tactics of handling and managing inmates from Uganda Prison Service leadership,” reads a statement from UPDF.
Commissioner Tumwebaze congratulated the newly passed out Military Police soldiers upon successful completion of the course.
"It was a hands on course and more tangible, whereby role plays and demonstrations were used to impart both theoretical and practical skills to trainees," he said.
Commissioner Tumwebaze further urged the passed out trainees to walk the talk and perform diligently in their duties. He noted that Military police has been fully equipped with skills in handling and managing of prisoners and therefore the course's objective was achieved.
The Chief of Training and Recruitment (CTR) in UPDF, Brig. Jim Wills Byarugaba appreciated Commissioner General of Prisons Dr. Byabasaija for enabling the prisons academy to train UPDF Military Police officers.
He noted that information and knowledge sharing between security agencies is key, given the changing crime trends worldwide. He called on security agencies to maintain the already existing cordial relationship.
Brig. Byarugaba commended the commandant military police Col. William Bainomugisha's efforts in having military police personnel train in prisoner handling and management. He noted that the training will give Uganda a good image in prisoners handling and management world over.
The commandant military police Col. Bainomugisha thanked the commandant prisons academy Senior Superintendent of Prisons (SSP) Brenda Sana for her efforts rendered in the training of Officers.
The course covered Human rights, rehabilitation and reintegration plus prisoner's contact to outside world.