Uganda Police Force Air Wing has Friday displayed its capabilities on how to carry out emergency rescue services and fighting crime in the country.
The display was witnessed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Directors and Senior Police Officers at Kajjansi Airfield where the Police Air Wing headquarters are based.
The Police personnel showcased tactics in fighting wide fires and on high buildings by helicopter. During such an operation, a bambi bucket is fitted in the helicopter with water equivalent to two tones, to fight fires.
Another capability is that of cargo hook which helps in the delivering relief items to areas where vehicles cannot reach. Relief items can be airlifted and dropped to the affected areas.
The Deputy IGP and other Police Directors also witnessed the capability of medical rescue, air assault and speed chase in case of robbers using a vehicle that is more powerful than the police car.
They can intercept the vehicle and calls for a backup from troops on ground.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeeyi commended the Air wing for having such capabilities and asked them to even think of other ways to develop the wing.
Gen Sabiiti urged the Officers of the wing to be disciplined and to handle the assets of the department as if it’s their own.
He commended President Yoweri Museveni for the support he extended to the Air wing including demanding for better pay for the Pilots.
He said that the wing will soon acquire a fix wing air craft that will boost their capability. The fix wing to be acquired is a P 180 Evo.
The Commandant of the Airway, Col. Ham Kaija, said that Police can now be able to respond to any incidents that needs air services, troop movement in a matter of seconds, and surveillance.