The Police Advisory Committee (PAC) is scheduled to meet
later today to discuss the fate of the recently recruited 5000 Probation Police
Constables (PPCs) and Learner Assistant Inspectors of Police (AIPs).
recruits were selected from various parts of Uganda by the 25 teams that were vetted by
the Inspector General of Police, Martin Ochola Ochola.
The 26th team pitched camp at the Criminal Investigations
Directorate (CID) at Kibuli, in Kampala to purposely recruit 500 Learner AIPs.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says all the
26 teams have already presented documents of the recruits, which have been scrutnised
in collaboration with Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB).
Enanga said the final
scrutiny and decision on when the recruits will start their 12 months training
will be made during the PAC meeting chaired by the IGP.
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The recruiting teams will also present a list of qualifying
PPCs and Learner AIPs candidates to fill gaps of those who might be dropped
because of gaps in their documents like Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE),
health condition and criminal records.
At least 1000 names were picked during the recruitment
exercise and placed on the standby list. All persons who have ever been
convicted of criminal offences will be dropped.
Unlike the previous years where PPCs were strictly Senior Six
leavers, this year’s recruitment is only for men and women aged below 25 years
and possess an ordinary level certificate. Whoever presented an advanced level (UACE)
for PPC position was rejected.
Learner AIPs who are going to be trained in forensic,
criminal investigation and crime intelligence are strictly Diploma holders in
science or related courses.
Enanga explained that police leadership took a decision to
recruit only Senior Four leavers as PPCs because they are committed to their
work. Police said most senior six leavers desert the force after getting some
money while others sneak out of the country for highly paying private security
jobs in countries like Iraq.
Police say nearly 5,000 of its personnel have deserted the
force in the last five years and most of them were senior six graduates. This, according to
Enanga, has created a manpower vacuum where available officers are now handling
even the work of their colleagues who deserted.
Enanga said after the PAC meeting, Ochola will release the
list of qualified candidates who will be informed to prepare for training. Even
those who will have been dropped, will also be informed the grounds for which
they have been rejected.