The Uganda Police Force (UPF) has today promoted up to 3097 police officers of different rankings after a five years long period of waiting. Again, the same government body is set to recruit up to five thousand constables.
Basing on police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the Inspector General of Police today promoted Two Thousand Five Hundred Sixty Six (23566) male officers. These were alongside Five Hundred Thirty One (531) female officers of various rankings from Inspector of Police (IP), Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) and others.
“The promotion of the subordinate officers was done in accordance with the laid down established procedures and in accordance with the Uganda Public Service standing orders (2010) and the Police standing orders,” stated Enanga. The promotions were based on factors of performance, current responsibility, leadership abilities and others.
“These include among other factors the following; performance, current responsibility, leadership abilities, command abilities, time spent on rank, discipline, patriotism and integrity, length of service in the force, highest level of education, career courses attended, record of service and physical fitness among others.” Fred Enanga added
The cohort that was promoted was part of a greater eleven thousand eight hundred twenty- three that had been by their commanders recommended for promotion.
“From Police Constable to Corporal, the Appointments and Promotions Committee considered 1258 officers who had stayed on the rank of Constable for 14 years and above; instructors and additional officers in formed units who were successfully vetted.” the statement goes.
This promotions were delayed by multiple factors such as the lengthy COVID-19 pandemic
amidst multiple other challenges but these could not hinder the Police force from carrying out
the already delayed promotions.
“Other challenges that interrupted the promotions included the COVID-19 Pandemic. Despite the challenges, the Uganda Police Force embraces promotions as a key priority, because it strengthens command and control, addresses career growth of personnel and also acts as a recognition factor or reward for good performance, which improves morale and motivates staff,” stated Police Spokesman Enanga Fred.
The Inspector General of Police was happy for the new promotes and congratulated them upon making it to a new level.
“The IGP has congratulated all the promoted officers commended them for their hard work and dedication. He urged the officers not to look at their promotions as a personal achievement, but as an enhancement that comes with added duties and responsibilities. He further urged them to take their responsibilities very seriously in the interest of the safety and security of all Ugandans and visitors in the country.” Enanga concluded.