BY ISAIAH KITIMBO – 

MOROTO. In a bid to enhance skills in community policing, Office of the Prime Minister under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU), a government programme supported by the European Union, has collaborated with the Uganda Police Force in organising a series of training targeting 500 police officers from the nine districts of Karamoja Sub-region.

The training will be conducted in phases by police officers from Karamoja and supervised by senior police officers from the directorates of Community Policing and Research, Planning and Development of the Uganda Police Force (UPF) in Kampala.

According to Mr Pius Okello Ongom, the DINU National Programme Coordinator, the first group of 60 police officers have been undergoing a five-day training in Moroto from 14th to 18th September as part of the community policing training series organised in Karamoja.

“The training aimed at strengthening the capacity of police officers in community policing skills as well as better policing methods tailored to the challenging nature of the sub-region,” he said on September 18.

He said, the training is part of the activities where OPM-DINU is contributing to increasing presence and strengthening capacities of UPF in Karamoja with an aim of fostering safety and security in the sub-region.

“Police is key and core partner of DINU in consolidating stability of Karamoja and fostering development in the sub-region. We shall continue to support you in that role,” he added.

Police officers attend community policing training in Moroto.

The Ag. Director Research, Planning and Development, Snr Commissioner of Police Ocaya James, said UPF was grateful to partner with OPM under the DINU programme to improve capacities of its officers and in the overall support aimed at increasing police presence in Karamoja Sub-region.

Ag. Director Research, Planning and Development, Snr Commissioner of Police James Ocaya, hands over a certificate of attendance to Moroto District Police Commander Jude Nasucha in Moroto. Looking on is DINU National Programme Coordinator Pius Okello Ongom (left), and DINU Moroto Regional Programme Coordinator, Johnson Owaro (2nd right).

He said: “UPF administration is happy to have been strengthened in all aspects to be able to effectively conduct community policing activities throughout the sub-region.  I assure OPM-PMU of better quality work and proper accountability”.

Mr Ocaya said the training will cover various topics such as introduction to community policing, qualities of effective community policing officer, community perspectives of community policing, principles and key elements of community policing, community security challenges & solutions, and the roles of different stakeholders in community policing.

“DINU is boosting existing skills and capacity and will create closer relations of police and the community,” he said.

To ensure impact, Mr. Ocaya said UPF is changing work methods from activity-based to results.

“I would like you to take police work very seriously. There is going to be serious performance appraisals as part of the promotion strategies within UPF,” he told police officers at the training.

OPM-UPF partnership

Under the DINU programme, OPM will improve safety and security in Karamoja Sub-region through increased presence and strengthened capacities of UPF.

OPM will build capacities of UPF in Karamoja majorly through conducting police training for skills development and construction of seven police posts in Moroto, Amudat, Abim, Karenga, Kotido, Napak and Nakapiripirit districts.

The support will contribute to increased presence and functionality of community policing, community awareness of the role of UPF in safety and security, and promotion of human rights related activities.

DINU background

The Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU), a Government of Uganda programme supported by the European Union and supervised by Office of the Prime Minister, was initiated in 2017. DINU is funded with a 132.8 million Euros grant from the European Union, 11.9 million Euros from the Government of Uganda and 5.9 million Euros from implementing partners.

OPM is responsible for the overall supervision of the DINU programme in partnership with local governments and a wide range of stakeholders, including other implementing partners – Department for International Development (DFID)/Trademark East Africa, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

Other key implementing partners are nine grantees that are implementing various development projects under DINU in the five sub-regions of Acholi, Karamoja, Lango, Teso and West Nile.

These include CARITAS Switzerland, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (ITTA), National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), CARE-Denmark, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), ADOL Health Care Initiative and DIAKONIA-Sweden.

Further details on the DINU programme can be found at Twitter: @OPMDINU1 and OPM website: www.opm.go.ug