By Innocent Vuga
A total of 23 Ugandan and Kenyan Police Officers have been trained in forensic skills to fight drug traffickers.
The two weeks training ended 1 March at Police headquarters Naguru, was led by German Federal Police trainers.
The officers have been trained to track narcotic dealers, carrying out high tech examination and checks at airports and boarders, analysis of different drug contents and many more advanced forensic skills.
During the closing ceremony, Commissioner of Police Tumuhimbise who represented the Inspector General of Police John Martin Okoth Ochola applauded the German Government for its continuous support to Uganda Police Force.
“Germany has been our close friend. We thank them for the assistance rendered,” he said.
He highlighted the need for international cooperation to fight drug traffickers.
“Drug trafficking is a transnational crime. One country may not curb the crime alone,” he added.
Carl Hein, the Chief Trainer appreciated Police officers for the professionalism and readiness to learn which they exhibited during the training.
“It was a good combination of experienced and young officers, so there was a good intellect between us,” he noted.
Uganda and Kenya were chosen to be trained as part of the East African project against narcotics.
“They decided to take Uganda and Kenya because it has a little tradition in our back. It is an East African project,” Carl noted.