Uganda Police Force has decided to redesign the female officers’ uniform to save them from social media bullies who harass them.
This was revealed by Assistant Inspector General of Police Asan Kasingye, also the chairman of the Police Uniforms Committee while speaking at the sidelines of senior female officers’ conference that started on Friday in Kampala.
More than 50 senior female police officers ranging from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police to Senior Commissioner of Police graced the event.
According to Kasingye, several female police officers have been bullied and harassed both online and offline because of their dress code.
Many of the women, especially in the traffic department don ill-fitting white uniforms designed to fit men’s bodies rather than designed for a woman’s body.
The shirts are big with large pockets while the pants have a longer rise that puts the duty belt above the natural waistline.
To many, they are too tight and create a tatty appearance which has exposed them to victimisation by the public.
“In order to minimize attacks on female officers, we are considering to redesign the uniform,” Kasingye is quoted by Uganda Radio Network [URN] as saying.
He said the changes will see female officers wear uniforms designed like ordinary women suits, have head capes that appear more like head veils and light shoes.
Kasingye said the process of redesigning uniforms for female police officers is almost complete.