Uganda Police sportsmen and women across the country have a genuine reason to smile after the force top commanders agreed to improve their welfare.
The Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura pointed out the importance of sportsmanship to the country, the recent being Prison's Stephen Kiprotich's Olympic success in London.
"Sportsmen and women work hard to make this country proud and since Police rewards hard work, promotions, better pay and transport allowance among others are better rewards," said Kayihura.
The Police chief was decorating three staff of the Uganda Police Force Athletics team with ranks of Inspector of Police and Assistant Inspector of Police.
The trio won four medals in IAAF World Mountain Running Championship in Valla Camonica, Italy last month.
Prior to their promotion, the three athletes were Probation Police Constables (PPCs) - Martin Moses Kurong, Mande Abdalla Kibet and Michael Cherop.
They all won medals in the junior men's category in Italy which earned Team Uganda at the competition 13 points.
Cherop scooped a higher rank as Inspector of Police after he individually won gold in the same category after leading a tight race in which European champion Adem Karagoz finished after him.
Kurong finished in 4th and Abdallah in 8th to steer Team Uganda to the top with a winning aggregate score of 13 points.
Kayihura had received a request to consider providing athletes with transport and improving livelihoods of sports men and women in the Police force.
"All the salary arrears for the sports staff have to be paid within the shortest time possible, and the Undersecretary should work out a process to pay all their salary arrears," he said.
Gen. Kale Kayihura who is the Chairman of the Police Council said the promotions are just part of the rewards of hard work in the Police force and way to revamp sports in the Force and the Country as a whole.
The move to promote the three to different ranks as a reward for their hard workwas tabled by members of the Police Council who comprised of commissioners, deputy IGPs, regional and district Police commanders, among others.
Kayihura, on behalf of the Police force congratulated the athletes upon their achievement and pledged his support to sports.
"We are proud of you and Police Force would like to congratulate its team upon winning these gold medals," Gen. Kayihura added.
Cherop beat the world champion Adem Karagoz from Turkey with his time of 42:33 and earned a rank of Inspector of Police.
Both Kurong and Chibet were elevated higher to the position of Assistant Inspector of Police.
Uganda Police Force Athletics team coach Peter Wemali promised more accolades in any upcoming competitions.