By Ben Musanje
16th Nov 2023
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Ochola, has revealed that Greater Masaka has been chosen as the pilot area for the sub-county-based policing model.
The model that was proposed by President Yoweri Museveni in 2019 is intended to curtail the scattering of police personnel in small booths, posts, and stations.
Museveni while commissioning the National Closed Circuit Command Centre at Naguru said the British’s policing model proved effective compared to the current police deployment where the personnel are strewn in very small groups that do not have an impact on fighting crime.
Ochola has indicated that the police force has been making strategies to ensure that this model is implemented and Greater Masaka will be the first place to try out its effectiveness.
The sub-county policing model will see more than 2,000 police posts and the small station closed which police say has been a soft target for criminal gangs who would attack and still rifles.
In 2021 and 2022, a number of police posts were attacked by armed groups linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and Uganda Coalition Forces for Change (UCFC) leaving more than 10 police officers and soldiers killed.