Uganda Police Officers Cautioned On Drug Abuse

“Many of the police officers engage in too much drinking of alcohol that affects their health"
Uganda police under training
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While sending off trainees on Monday 9 2023, the director of Human Resource Development in the Uganda Police Force, Mr Godfrey Golooba warned police officers against drug abuse misconduct.

These 111 police officers have been undertaking one-month training at Ikafe Police Training School in Yumbe District.

“Many of the police officers engage in too much drinking of alcohol that affects their health. Drunkenness is a disease, that can kill the appetite for food, affects the blood concentration in the body and makes one become anaemic and die. We don’t want to lose anyone on grounds of being a drunkard,” Mr Golooba noted.

Mr Golooba pointed out character, and discipline among others as the key elements to be added to the skills attained during the training.

He further warned the trainees about corruption and said, “Corruption has put the police force in a bad light with the population but we don’t teach corruption to the officers. I request you (trainees) to desist from engaging in those acts of corruption. When someone comes to the police station, he or she should be helped freely.”

The officer in charge of Ikafe Police Training School,  James Okello Okabo, confirmed how the school had taken time minus hosting trainees not until December 5 2022, when they were admitted.

“I am appealing to you (trainees) to carry on with this knowledge and that you should not relax without doing physical exercise because it’s good for your health,” said commandant Okello James.

However, an envoy of the trainees Mr Jimmy Candia, argued that: “The training has been very instrumental in reminding us of what we had forgotten. Some of us, who had been sick, shall go back healthy. I, therefore, appeal to the police management team to continue organising such training to improve our policing activities.”

The  Regional Police Commander for North West Nile,  Denise Okuja stated that about 199 Police officers were shortlisted for the training although some of them failed to make it through.

He further noted that unfortunately one died before the end of the training and others were taken to their respective units.

“Some of you (trainees) thought this course was a punishment but it’s an investment “. he concluded.

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