By Kampala Post Reporter
Due to the increasing demand for the Uganda Police Band services, the department has opened a branch in the North Kyoga Region.
The Police Band North Kyoga branch was launched on Tuesday at Coronation Grounds in Lira Municipality. AIGP Asan Kasingye, the Chief Political Commissar who was the chief guest, handed over new band music equipment to the Regional Police Commander, SSP Peter Nkulega as part of the launch.
AIGP Kasingye hailed the Band department for developing the idea, which he said will also play a big role in community policing in the region. "The purpose of launching this music, dance and drama is to help in all the activities of the Chief Political Commissar, help in ideological grounding of the public working hand in hand with the police to prevent crime and also deal with ideological orientation of the police officers,” AIGP Kasingye said.
He added, "Also, the band will help broaden and widen community policing. Through the band, we can have an effective information and publication since it’s a tool in mobilizing the public.” SP Stephen Okwi Okedi, the Acting Commissioner Police Band said that taking band services to regional levels will help reduce on the costs of transportation of band equipment from the headquarters, adding that regional band will offer the same services as the national band.
This is the first regional police band. “Since I joined Police 15 years ago we had only one Brass Band based at Nsambya, Kampala,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango on social media.