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Uganda Police to recruit 5000 more constables

The Uganda Police Force (UPF) has announced that they will be recruiting 5000 more constables to beef up its capacity.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga says these new recruits (5000) will be part of the 10000 officers that are needed to fill the manpower gap in the force.

“This new batch of officers forms part of the recruitment of 10000 new police officers which was launched in August 2019, as part of the police uplift program. It is our determination, therefore, to continue with our planned programs despite the difficult Covid-19 climate,” Enanga said.

According to Enanga, applicants must possess a maximum academic qualification of UCE Certificate (O’level) or its equivalent with at least 4 credit units including English and at least a pass in mathematics.

“We would like to further reiterate that the police is on equal opportunities employer and the process of recruitment is by rule and merit. The effective recruitment into the force is subject to the successful completion of the initial training. The public should know that being a police officer is more than a career, but a noble calling.”

This development comes as a result of Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola’s audit which indicates that there were fewer Police officers than what had been stated in the former IGP, Kale Kayihura’s report in 2018.

Ochola’s audit also revealed that out of the 44600, most of the officers had either deserted, retired, died of natural caused or killed during operations which prompted the force to seek recruitment of at least 10,000 constables to fill the vacuum that remains.

While in the past the force wanted those who join as constables to have at least attained a UACE certificate, the qualifications were lowered to UCE (senior four) certificate after reports indicated that those with senior six certificates were using the force as a springboard to other careers.

Applications started on September, 7 2020 and will run untill September 19, 2020. Applicants should submit their applications at their respective District/Divisional Police Headquarters.

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