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Police Management to Discuss Changes in Community Policing Program

Kasingye says police will only intervene and conduct meetings to deliberate on possible solutions when there are serious issues. However, the force will continue deploying patrol vehicles in black spots basing on information from the LCs.
Police Chief Political Commissar Asan Kasingye

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The top police management is scheduled to discuss proposed changes in its community policing program. The move stems from proposals by the Chief Political Commissar; Asan Kasingye to move from the community policing focusing on Mayumba kumi to a Local Council 1 centered strategy.

In his proposal to the Police Policy and Advisory Committee, Kasingye proposes a move from the Mayumba Kumi strategy to Local Councils as the first line of the community policing program. According to Kasingye, they initially focused on Mayumba Kumi because the local councils were nonexistent.

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Under Mayumba Kumi, ten households would form a cluster to foster security in their areas. The system was introduced by colonialists to foster security and ease tax collection. It was reintroduced by the President Milton Obote government. 

Under the proposed new strategy, police will deal with the Councils as the representative of the people in a specific village as well as empower them to handle some of the security issues that may arise.

Instead of the residents running to police and moving with police during their night patrols, the residents will partner with their LCs to keep their areas safe. Police will also use the village officials as a source of intelligence information.

Kasingye says police will only intervene and conduct meetings to deliberate on possible solutions when there are serious issues. However, the force will continue deploying patrol vehicles in black spots basing on information from the LCs.

The proposal is aimed at reducing pressure on the limited police manpower and allows them to focus on investigations and organised crimes.

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In 2009, the then Inspector General of Police-IGP, Kale Kayihura reintroduced Mayumba Kumi under community policing and was piloted in Muyenga. Mayumba kumi gave birth to crime preventers who were ideally individuals picked by residents from the clusters to work in liaison with police and to ensure security of their area. 

He says the idea was good but it was abused.

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A Police Community Liaison Officer told URN on condition of anonymity that there is serious confusion among the police officers on how to move forward since crime preventers were placed under Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF.

"Am not even sure what kind of strategy we are using now. Since they removed crime preventers everything changed and some of us don't know what to do," the Community liaison officer said.