Police to recruit 1000 officers to curb on anticipated People power revolution of 2021

The Police force will begin a countrywide recruitment drive of 1,000 officers, comprising Assistant Inspectors of Police (AIP) and constables on July 26. The exercise will end on August 4.

The Police’s outgoing director for human resource and administration, Moses Balimwoyo, revealed on Tuesday that teams of senior officers to oversee the exercise had been formed.

Explaining the recruitment process for AIPs in an advert placed in the media, Balimwoyo indicated that applicants for the first 500 vacancies will be required to have a diploma from a recognized institution.

Under the category (AIP), Police will recruit 80 health workers, 250 information and communication technology (ICT) personnel, 150 for forensic services and 20 inspectors of vehicles. All applicants must be aged between 20 and 25 years.

Qualifications

In the second category of probation Police constables, they intend to recruit 4,500 personnel. The applicants who must be aged between 18 and 22 years must have a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with five credits including in English and mathematics. University graduates have been barred from applying.

Other conditions are that the applicant must submit handwritten applications accompanied by original and photocopies of academic documents, identity cards of their former academic institution, three passport size photographs and recommendation letters from Local Councils 1, 11and 111 as well as a letter from one’s respective RDC.

According to sources, the recruitment drive is to support the force to ensure effective policing of the 2021 general elections. He said the recruitment will also help reduce on rampant incidents of crime in the country and improve the police-to-population ratio.

He called on interested candidates to secure application forms from the secretaries to district service commissions or the Public Service Commission, adding that they should also fill in the Uganda Police recruitment bio-data forms from the offices of the district Police commanders.

In December 2017, the then Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura, said Police were short of about 60,000 personnel to execute its mandate effectively.

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