SSP Haguma has said that fighting and protecting citizens from cybercrime requires police officers to be well conversant with cyber knowledge. SSP Haguma’s unit intends to equip hundreds of police officers with cyber skills so that they can be in position to fight the crime.
UPF pic. Police officers after cyber workshop
The Acting Commissioner for electronic counter
measures, SSP Jimmy Haguma, has cautioned police officers against falling into
tricks of cyber criminals.
Haguma, who was today equipping police officers with
cyber skills at the Police headquarters said police officers need to have more than
basic cyber knowledge so that they can be in position to fight the computer-generated
He said when police officers equip themselves with cyber
knowledge, it helps them to safeguard both personal and
institutional data. “Having cyber knowledge plays a critical role in implementing
measures that fortify and improve the cybersecurity. If any one of us falls
victim to cyber threats, the entire institution is equally exposed to that
risk,” says SSP Haguma.
SSP Haguma’s unit of electronic counter measures falls
under the Directorate of Information Communication Technology (ICT) currently
headed by Senior Commissioner of Police – SCP Yusuf Ssewanyana.
Police officers equipped with cyber skills were drawn
from the Directorate of Counter-Terrorism (CT) headed by Assistant Inspector
General of Police –AIGP Abbas Byakagaba and Criminal Investigations Directorate
(CID) headed by Maj Tom Magambo.
During the training, officers were equipped with
strategies to shield themselves from digital compromise, cyber offenses, and
social engineering tactics. They also received guidance on ethical practices,
netiquettes, and managing their electronic devices effectively, which includes
scheduling breaks, considering noise-canceling devices, and rewarding
themselves for task-focused work.
A number of police officers have fallen victim of
cyber fraudsters. Some cyber criminals have duped police officers with promises
of taking them for further studies, lobbying for their promotions and taking
them for UN missions.
Last year, some police officers paid millions when conmen
claimed to be working with ministries of public service, gender and internal
affairs. The conmen claimed they had been tasked to select qualifying police
officers for courses in South Africa, Israel, UK and US.
Besides police officers, a number of civilians have
lost money and sexually been abused by cyber criminals. Senior Commissioner of Police
–SCP Fred Enanga had earlier given a scenario where an 18 year old boy, Ashraf
Lubega, a resident of Katosi in Mukono district duped and raped several women
with medical jobs promise.
“Lubega created a fake identity on Face book, which he
used to lure female job seekers. He would thereafter, rape the victims. The
suspect, created an online Medical job page called Medical Scrub Uganda, and described
himself as Dr. Ronnie. He lured female applicants or job seekers in need of the
jobs,” explained Enanga.
Enanga said Lubega had no permanent place of abode but
mainly operated in the areas of Mukono and Kayunga. After luring the female
victims on Facebook, Lubega would briefly interview them and thereafter
schedule a meeting to discuss the terms and conditions.
“He would turn against them in a busy area and rape them. He was however, tracked down by the Crime Intelligence and Flying Squad
teams and arrested,” added Enanga. Lubega confessed to have raped more than 30
women including 40 year olds.
SSP Haguma has said that fighting and protecting
citizens from cybercrime requires police officers to be well conversant with
cyber knowledge. SSP Haguma’s unit intends to equip hundreds of police officers
with cyber skills so that they can be in position to fight the crime.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.