Kampala — THE Uganda Police Force is to recruit over 5,000 officers immediately. The one-week exercise will recruit 5,500 policemen country-wide, starting August 11 until August 17.
In a statement yesterday, the internal affairs ministry said 500 cadet assistant superintendents of Police (C/ASP) and 5,000 probation constables will be trained.
Deputy Police spokesperson Vincent Sekate yesterday said the recruitment drive is to bolster the Force to ensure effective policing of the elections due next year.
"This recruitment is long overdue. It should have been carried out long time ago but could not because of a number of reasons, among them finances," Sekate said.
Recent elections were marred with incidents of violence. A parliamentary committee compiled cases of election violence, but its report has not been debated.
Applicants for the rank of cadet ASP should have a university degree in law, engineering, public administration, psychology, social work and social administration, education, human resource management and botany/ zoology among others.
Probation Police constables, on the other hand, must be Ugandan citizens with the minimum qualification of Senior Six or its equivalent with at least two principle passes or six credits in Senior Four with at least a credit in English and a pass in mathematics. Additionally, they must not have a criminal record and be ready to work long hours.
"Application in triplicate filled in own handwriting and accompanied by photocopies of academic transcripts and certificates, curriculum vitae, three recent passport size photographs and recommendation letters from LC1, LC2, LC3 and RDC should be brought in person at the recruitment centres on August 9, 2010," the statement said.
Interested candidates should obtain application forms from secretaries to district service commissions or the public service commission. They should also fill in the Uganda Police recruitment bio-data forms from the offices of the district commanders.
Early this year, the Minister of Internal Affairs told a parliamentary committee that the Police Force would recruit 16,500 Special Police Constables ahead of next year's general elections. The minister did not say when this would take place.
Defending the ministry's budget before the defence and internal affairs committee in April, minister Kirunda Kivejinja said the Force had only 38,168 officers compared to the 22,000 gazetted polling stations.
"There is a shortfall of 16,500 personnel to effectively cover the exercise. This needs to be filled by recruiting and training Special Police Constables," he told MPs then. He explained that the constables would be engaged for only two weeks.
Kivejinja had also indicated that the Police Force planned to recruit 5,000 probation Police constables and 500 cadets.
The United Nations recommends one policeman to 500 people, but Uganda's ratio is 1:1,200.
The regional centres are the Police Training School Kibuli, regional Police headquarters at Jinja, Moroto, Gulu, Arua, Hoima, Fort Portal, Masaka, Mbarara, Mbale and Soroti.