Police Officers Acquire Skills in Fighting Drug Trafficking

Commissioner of Police, Tumuhimbise (L) hands a certificate to one of the trainees.

A total of 23 Ugandan and Kenyan Police officers have been trained in forensic skills to counter drug trafficking, during a two-week training which ended Friday, at the Police headquarters Naguru.

The exercise was conducted 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.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Commissioner of Police, Tumuhimbise who represented the Inspector General of Police John Martin Okoth Ochola, applauded the German government for it’s continuous support to Uganda Police Force.

“Germany has been our close friend. We thank them for the assistance rendered,” he said.

He said there is need for international cooperation to fight drug traffickers.

“Drug trafficking is a transnational crime. One country may not curb the crime alone,” he added.

The Chief Trainer, Carl Hein, 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.

Carl said Uganda and Kenya were chosen to be trained as part of the East African project against narcotics.

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