The Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola has Monday vowed to hold to account officers of the Police Force who misuse Police funds and other resources.
He made the remarks at the ceremony funded by the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) to award the best policing districts and friends of Police in the country.
The funds by JLOS were also used to procure the 14 motor vehicles and 16 motorcycles for Police but Ochola says the biggest beneficiary are specifically CID, Medical services, CFPU, Canine, Human Rights and legal services.
Ochola explains that Police is grateful to its friends and partners who come out to fill the gap where Police has not been able to reach due to financial constraints by constructing Police posts and stations, donating land and in some instances providing transport.
As such, he says, officers ought to appreciate and respect that commitment by offering exactly what the resources are meant for.
“I wish to underline the obligation that we all hold to ensure that the resources are put to use for the intended purpose. There shall be no misuse of the resources and whichever officer does so will be held accountable,” he said.
The Police boss says that the Force is constrained from realizing its strategic direction of building and transforming itself into a professional, service-oriented, pro people and effective institution by among other challenges capacity gaps in terms of personnel strengths and training.
He however notes that Police management has already embarked on recruitment of more personnel, building the capacity of the CID and forensic services.
Earlier this month, Police ended its countrywide recruitment 4,500 Probationer Police Constables.
Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga told journalists then that: “Our numbers are not that sufficient, we are operating at about 43,000 out of the required 80,000, We are at about 51% optimum”.
“The additional numbers of 50,000 and then immediately after there training, there is going to be a second recruitment of and additional 5,000, we expect that within the next two years will bring our numbers to probably 53,000”.
Other challenges Police is facing according to Ochola include welfare, indiscipline by some officers, corrupt practices, human rights violations but he says efforts are underway to improve welfare, strength the disciplinary court systems and rewarding performance which is a yard stick for enhancing professionalism, motivating personnel and consequently improving service delivery.
He reiterates that it is important that rewards are established and institutionalised in order to motivate Police personnel and partners in fighting crime saying the current society setting recognises bad deeds more than the good ones.
“We are in a society where bad news will sell better than good news, the bad deeds of a few elements in the police force can easily overshadow the many good deeds of the majority of the police force.”
“So, giving due recognition to these outstanding officers, stations and partners who have earned the respect and admiration of the communities they serve would serve a great deal in creating a favourable public mindset for the country’s law enforcement by offsetting the negative views about the UPF and promoting what is truly representative of the UPF as an organisation, that despite its inadequacies in terms of manpower and logistical resources, it continues to serve best,” explains the Police head.