The new recruits into the Uganda Police Force are due to begin their 12-month-long training on Saturday at the 2 square mile wide Police academy in Kabalye, Masindi district.
Recently, Police undertook a nationwide recruitment exercise seeking 5,000 new personnel – 4,500 Probational Police Constables (PPCs) and 500 Assistant Inspectors of Police (AIPs).
The Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola has congratulated all applicants who qualified to join the Police profession.
Police said in a statement on Thursday that the recruits “will now undergo on extensive process of molding them from civilians into professionals and dedicated officers”.
“And their first day at the police academy in Kabalye Masindi, on the 14th/09/2019, carries a lot of excitement about learning new things”.
Trainees have been reminded that the career in Police requires a high level of personal integrity and responsibility.
The Police academy hosts learning facilities with scenario based training programs, paramilitary and self-defense training grounds, weapon ranges, lecture hall and class rooms, dormitories, IT laboratory, a library, dining room and sports grounds.
Successful candidates reporting to the training school have been asked to carry; certified copies of academic documents (Diplomas) for LAIPs, forwarding/ introduction letters from their previous schools where the candidates completed O’Level for PPCs, original academic documents and photocopies of the same, original national identification (ID), six (6) passport photos.
Other requirements include black gum boots, a pair of sports shoes, a pair of sportswear, a 3-inch mattress, blanket, bed sheets, jerry can, basin and other personal effects.
“We want to remind you that your journey to becoming part of the police begins with a 12 months course, before being confirmed at the rank of Probation Police Constable (PPC) or Learner Assistant Inspector of Police (L/AIP) at the academy ,the learning environment is stimulating and challenging,” the statement further reads.
“You will need dedication, commitment and a willingness to train, for one to succeed in the structured training grounds”.
The training at Kabalye will take the format of classroom based theory lesions, practical and physical training, Police said.
“We do believe that all rewards come from effort and you can expect this to be an intense and demanding period of your life. You will need to form very strong bonds and teamwork, which will stay with you all your lives. You may need support from your family and friends as well”.
Trainees have also been assured of support from lecturers, trainers and fellow trainees.
The list of the successful candidates is available on the Police website.