The Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola has Thursday said the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (CID) at Kibuli is top on the departments of the Police Force that he intends to revamp so as to boost capacity in crime investigation.
Ochola was speaking during the closing ceremony of a two-day training course on identification of fraudulent documents and detection of impostors, at the Kibuli CID Training School.
At least 82 Police personnel falling in all ranks (Senior and Junior) underwent the training which was organized by the U.S. Embassy in Uganda. Trainees (58 male and 24 females) were drawn from CID headquarters, Kampala Metropolitan and Aviation Police.
“I declared this place a CID complex and today, I told the Director (CID) that with time, I don’t want to see people who reside here. We shall take them upcountry,” IGP Ochola said.
“I went to Kenya when I was Director CID and the Director took me to a CID Training School, I felt very small. We were among the very few Police Forces in the world which had no training school,” the IGP said.
“So we have to improve this facility”.
The IGP said that shortly after his appointment as the Police Chief last year, he was instructed by President Yoweri Museveni to strengthen the two Police functions of Criminal Investigations and Crime Intelligence.
He said the training is opportune especially at a time when Police is grappling with challenges in investigation. He cited transnational crimes like human and drug trafficking which are on the increase. Perpetrators of such crimes use forged documents (like passports and identification cards) and money, Ochola said.
“The reduction and deterrence of all these crimes will depend on how much knowledge a detective possesses in identifying forged documents and impostors carrying them,” he said.
He lauded the U.S. government for financing the training but requested for more capacity building in the other departments of Police that are still lagging.
Earlier, the Director of CID, AIGP Grace Akullo mentioned that the training acquired by the 80 officers will enable them handle fraud cases better and for officers at Senior level to better supervise their juniors.
She noted that there is still a big gap in training for Police detectives which has created a backlog in unresolved cases.
Akullo said that there have been cases of fraudulent travel documents within East Africa as well as other nationalities who are issued travel documents by immigration officials.
One of the American trainers said that the trainees now have more tools and information to effectively fight transnational and internal crime as relates to human smuggling, terrorism, narcotics trafficking, wildlife trafficking, economic and financial crimes.