Police officers spend 18 months on probation

Police officers spend 18 months on probation
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire is among police cadets who have been on probation for 18 months

A total of 1,100 cadet Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) and over 2,600 Police Constables have spent 18 months on probation.

The lot which comprised 1,200 ASPs and 2,600 Police constables were passed out by President Museveni after a 15 months’ course at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi district, on September 8, 2016. 50 of these were South Sudan nationals and 50 Somali nationals.

The then Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura, said the contingent would be deployed in Kampala to build up the Kampala Metropolitan Force and help police to address modern-time’ crimes.

They were supposed to spend 6 months on probation and thereafter be confirmed into the force. But 18 months later, the officers are still stuck on probation. A cadet officer who was part of the lot told this publication that 18 months probation is unprecedented in policing history.

“This has never happened. Probation is like training because any mistake means you can’t be confirmed. Staying on probation all this time means you’re likely to make some mistakes as a human being,” he told our reporter.

Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima only responded with a question when asked why the officers were still on probation.

“Is there anyone complaining?” “They should not complain. In forces, we don’t complain. What we do, you serve until the system takes you along. They should serve until that time when they are incorporated into the system.”

However, the recruitment of the same group of cadets is under probe by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja for alleged irregularities in the drive. During recruitment, police had advertised for 500 cadets officer positions but ended up recruiting more than 1,100. The IGG is investigating how the number of cadets more than doubled.

Asked whether the investigation affecting their confirmation, IGG spokesperson Ali Munira said “I have been advised that the report is due soon. Please wait for it then all these queries will be responded to.”