Police tightens Easter security, warns corrupt cops

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CP Fred Enanga

Police has promised security during Easter holiday celebrations which started with the Holy Thursday will end on Easter Monday.

The festive holiday is marked by many activities which include and are characterized by increased mobility especially, upcountry, prayers at all churches, increased shopping and other commercial activities

Police informed the public and in particular revellers, that criminal element use and take advantage of such festive seasons to intensify their illegal acts.

Therefore, as part of its renewed focus on fighting crimes, the police have come up with a robust security arrangement for the festivity, to ensure security and peaceful celebrations.

The IGP has instructed all territorial commanders to put visible, robust and focused security deployments for regulating, movement of traffic on highways and roads, enhancing proactive policing arrangements and faster response to incidents.

“We would like to stress that although there’s absolutely no specific threat, directed towards our country, we have heightened our level of alertness and put security measures that include; active vigilance and access controls, in all vulnerable places like; bus and taxi parks, worship centers, all places of entertainment, social gathering points, shopping arcades, fuel stations and depots, as well as all government and security installations,” said police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga.

He said alert and security audit teams are as a matter of routine, conducting regular security audits, at all possible target areas, to ensure security measures are guaranteed.

“We have intensified patrols, targeting black spots and added extra protection to all venues during this festive season, to ensure all revellers and the public at large remain safe.”

Police has also installed 1,940 CCTV cameras within the Kampala metropolitan areas, under the CCTV project, which it is using to proactively capture, share evidence and intelligence on offenders.

It has made the neighbourhood in the city stronger and safer.

“In addition, we have a robust traffic enforcement strategy, to ensure the highest levels of road safety, despite the increased traffic flow in all directions.” 

“We have increased visibility of our traffic officers and highway patrols, who will be targeting vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition, drink driving, reckless driving, over speeding, use of seat belts and over loading.”

Enanga cautioned all those motorists who deliberately sub instructions to stop, that police has put tough measures in place to tackle such motorists, including impounding their vehicles at the next traffic check points and arraigning them in court. 

All road users are further reminded that road safety is the responsibility of every one.

“To the marine users, we want to inform them of the initiative by our Police Marine Unit, for all of them to be conscious of their safety, while on the waters.”

All transporters must ensure their boats are inspected, and the owners knowledgeable about the compliance and safety requirements. 

The Marine Unit will be on standby for any search and rescue operations.

“To all the Police Officers, the Easter Celebrations represents an increased demand for our policing initiatives in addressing crime and safety concerns, which may arise during the Easter Holiday.” 

He added: “We also call upon the Professional Standard Unit, to up their efforts, in dealing with those few individual officers with corrupt tendencies, and continue to solicit bribes, thus tarnishing the image of the force .These few should be trapped, apprehended and charged to court, to help rid the force of officers with integrity concerns.”

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