Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, the Commissioner for Infrastructure Security and Private Security Providers (ISPSP) said that private security firms contribute to national security, which requires them to be professional.
He added that although there is general improvement in their services, there are still some gaps that should be addressed.
"An assessment conducted at facilities under the protection of private security companies in different parts of the country showed some unprofessional services by your personnel.
There are those who barely use the installed or provided modern security infrastructure and gadgets, and others don’t search people and the luggage, which can be a window for insecurity," CP Kabera said.
He added: "Use the installed security infrastructure effectively and follow the directives as provided by the Ministerial Order."
He observed that the evolving security environment and technology also comes with security challenges, which necessitates acquiring modern security equipment, readiness and effective collaboration to deter anything that can cause insecurity.
CP Kabera further encouraged private security companies to put more effort in training, internal monitoring of personnel to ensure quality services.
Alexis Buterere, the chairperson of the association of private security service providers, said that they will continue to improve their services through acquisition of more hi-tech equipment, quality training of their personnel and to work together with the Police to ensure safety and security of the people.
Currently, there are 16 private security companies in the country.