Police service to the State Vs Regime
Just over 10 years ago my study delved into scrutiny of the contribution of the Uganda police force to security and law order to the public has been of grim concern to the media and to academic planners and policymakers in and beyond the Acholi sub region.
The very purpose of the police is to provide a safe, orderly environment in which people’s freedoms can be exercised in a healthy democracy. Police service exists to protect and support the rights of its community, not to repress or curtail freedom and ensure power for the governing regime. In other words, Uganda does not have a democratic, accountable police service. Instead, it has a heavily militarized, colonial-style regime police force that is firmly under the control of the ruling government. The interests of the Government are placed far ahead of the protection of Uganda’s people. The police are responsible for widespread human rights violations, and they have not been held to account. My research sought to examine the credibility of the police force in protecting people’s rights and property during the post conflict era.
No institution can survive in the long run without being innovative and taking advantage of global security trends and changes for their benefits.
The study aimed at determining how effective the Uganda Police Forces have been eking their services as captured by various literatures reviewed, focused groups, key informants, victims/offenders and security personnel analysis of the predicament per se. The study therefore explored the community ensnarement and culpability, police obscurity in IDPs living conditions, the quagmire police are entangled in handling offenders and victims of circumstances, and managing of service delivery by the Police employing meagre resources for their operations in Atiak Sub County.
The recommendations were advanced both for the government and the police department. It was recommended that the government allocate more budgets towards civil policing sensisitize and adequately train its staff on the importance of democratic Principles of law enforcement to benefit the citizens and the nation. Does Uganda now have a democratic, accountable police service? Well , I do not have empirical evidence to suggest that for It’s over a decade since then!