President Yoweri Museveni advised the 5200 Probationer Police Constables that were passed out Friday to work hard and avoid trying to rig the system as a means to the end.
"I cautioned them against making shortcuts in life through corruption and disobedience," the president tweeted Saturday afternoon.
"We want a pro-people police force with a correct ideology to protect peace and wealth creation."
The constables, who began training last year, were passed out at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi.
The training takes nine months.
The 9-month training introduces these cops to field training, Kiswahili, substantive laws, procedural laws, and basic police operational duties and procedures.
The Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola hailed the president for the support he's rendered to the police over the years.
"On behalf of the entire Uganda Police Force and on my own behalf, I welcome and express my deep appreciation that Your Excellency the President has again found time amidst your busy schedule to honor our invitation to preside over this pass out," he said.
"Your Excellency, your presence, the endless support, and the invaluable strategic guidance rendered to us is the testimony of your passion and continued commitment in building a professional Police Force."
The IGP revealed that the total Police Force strength now stands at 52,000 against the population of about 42 million, translating into a police population ratio of 1:832 as compared to last year’s ratio of 1:893.
"Your Excellency, it is also with joy and deep satisfaction to report that as a constitutional obligation in terms of gender responsiveness and balance, out of the 5,200 recruits, 1,417 were female recruits which translates into 27.25%. This is yet another manifestation of your commitment to ensuring gender equality in Public Service," he added.