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Uganda trains S. Sudan, Somalia police recruits
Published on 4-08-2016 - at 02:38' by Daily Monitor

The force spends more than Shs15m a year to train each officer.

The Uganda Police Force is training more than 100 police recruits from South Sudan and Somalia at Police Training School at Kabalye in Masindi District.

According to a police source, at least 50 officers from each of the two war-torn countries have been undergoing a cadet course training for more than a year and they will be passed out early this month before they return to their home countries.

This is the biggest group of Somali and South Sudanese officers to be trained in Uganda since 2007.
The source said the Uganda government is funding their training.

The police director for human resource development, Mr Andrew Felix Kaweesi, confirmed the training of the recruits saying it is in the spirit of regional security support.

“It was resolved in the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) that member states who have the capacity in training should support members that are in the process of building capacity. It is in this spirit that we started training them,” Mr Kaweesi said yesterday.

Joint force

Uganda, Somalia and South Sudan are part of EAPCCO, an organisation that ensures coordination of the region’s security.

Police spend more than Shs15m a year to train each officer in the initial policing basics.

Although Uganda is also struggling to find money to train its officers, Mr Kaweesi said training police forces in one way or the other helps Uganda to fight crime and terrorism.

On fears that some of the trained officers would return to their countries and join armed groups that have previously attacked Ugandan forces and citizens, Mr Kaweesi said the respective governments send officers whom they trust to be trained.

There are previous incidents where officers trained by African Union forces in Somalia have joined radical groups such as Al-shabaab.

He said those in Somalia are now deployed in specialised units such as Very Important Person Protection Unit, Coast Guard and at police stations.

The South Sudanese officers were deployed in operation and criminal investigations department in South Sudan.



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