15 civilians who have been working with Police on contract have been enrolled into cadet training two months to the end of the exercise, URN has learnt. They are expected to come out as full cadet officers contrary to the usual practice.
Cadet Officers are graduate students of various disciplines who have passed through the sieving process of selection and spend a year at Kabalye police training school, where they study theory and undergo physical and military drills.
They pass out with 3 stars and server a year on probation before they are confirmed as Assistant Superintendents of Police. The 15 civilian recruits have therefore missed the entire military and physical training as well as the big part of theory.
Gen Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police says the inclusion of the civilians is part of the move to increase professionalism in the force.
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However, a senior police officer who preferred anonymity due to the nature of the matter says most of the recruits have personal relations to key decision makers in the police structure. He says the inclusion of the civilians towards the end of exercise has not gone down with their colleagues, who are complaining of favoritism.
Because of the nature of their training, the 15 will not be included in the general police operations and will remain deployed in their area of specialization. However, the IGP insists that the move is legal and has no effect whatsoever in the running of the police force.
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Two months period is a short time for even a trainee to learn shooting leave alone target shooting.