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DIGP Maj. Gen. Tumusiime Katsigazi

DIGP Katsigazi Outlines Safety Measures for Ramadan

posted onMarch 12, 2024

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Maj. Gen. Tumusiime Katsigazi in his Ramadan message called upon all territorial commanders to dedicate time and join their Muslim colleagues in fasting to enable them to experience the importance of the holy month.

Despite there being no specific threats during this period, the DIGP urged everyone to remain vigilant. The safety precautions he said could help promote safety and security during the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan include:

All territorial commanders are encouraged to work with all Muslim leaders in their respective jurisdictions to address and respond to all concerns of crime and safety, threats, and vulnerabilities against Muslims, including patrolling all mosques and worship areas during the Holy month of Ramadan.

All Muslim institutions like Mosques, Islamic centers and schools have been encouraged to form security committees that will work with the police and sister security agencies in addressing all security concerns.

Stay informed. Monitor the media for the latest security updates.

Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest security. Take extra caution while going for early morning prayers and late evening prayers.

For Juma prayers, all Mosques and Islamic centers must have extra security ready at the doors, checking who is entering and going out.

Ensure the parking areas are closely guarded and watch out for any suspicious vehicles.

Avoid crowds. Large gatherings can quickly become dangerous.

Avoid traveling alone, especially in isolated areas after dark. Tell a friend or neighbor when you are going and when you intend to return.

Travel in groups. Safety is in numbers.

Vary your routes and times of travel. Being less predictable makes your more difficult to target.

During your movements, find exits and have a plan to escape or safe havens along your route or trip e.g shops, restaurants, fuel stations, and security stations.

Always carry a charged cell phone. Also, ensure your emergency numbers and family contracts are programmed.

Turn off location services on your smartcell phone or other devices. Criminals can use those features to establish your location.

Do not advertise, post, or broadcast the location where you are going. Only tell people after you have left that place.

Record all incidents of harassment, threatening phone calls or messages, and report to the police. Use your telephone’s trace features to try to get the telephone number of the caller.

Take videos of any crime concerns, without getting too close.

Build an emergency contact list of all security personnel, Imams, and Muslim Activists, in case of an incident that threatens the community.

To employers:

All employers are encouraged to support Muslim employees by wishing them a happy, blessed, and successful Ramadan.

They should make suitable arrangements for first aid or medical assistance.

Should know that fasting can introduce health and safety risks at the workplace including dizziness and fatigue

Learn more about Ramadan, and provide special considerations like time and space for them to break the fast and perform prayers.

They should know that the first few days of Ramadan can be difficult for Muslims. They need to help them adjust while allocating them tasks.

To all Muslim individuals/homes:

Avoid lone movements very early for prayers and late evenings.

Make sure all doors, and windows have secure locks in them. And keep doors locked at all times. If you have an alarm system double check to see if they are working properly.

Practice fire drills and safety precautions.

Keep watch over children and avoid sending them outside to play by themselves.

Maintain lone profiles. Remain calm and patient if verbally harassed, and avoid provocative arguments and confrontations by walking away.

During the weekend, remain extra careful and avoid persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Individuals are advised to see a doctor before fasting.

Choose diet wisely and modify their eating habits.

Take advantage of nutritious foods, to sustain energy levels throughout the day.

Take regular breaks

Arrange separate facilities from canteens

Avoid offering food and drinks to those fasting

Avoid eating in the presence of fasting colleagues.

Dress decently while visiting Muslim friends.

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