President Museveni’s remarks at the passing of Police Field Force Unit at the Police Training School in Kabalye, Masindi district April 16, 2014.

Thursday 17th April 2014

I have this afternoon presided over the pass out of the first regiment of the Police Field Force Unit at the Police Training School in Kabalye, Masindi district.

The unit is 692 officer-strong including 51 women.

The human body is capable of high performance and training brings out this potential, moreover an effective police force will enhance our overall defence capabilities. 

I have, therefore, called upon the officers to maintain a strict sense of discipline and avoid obesity by routine exercise. Exercise will enable the officers walk long distances and run to chase after criminals. 

I watched spectacular demonstrations by the officers including obstacle crossing e.g crossing bridges, body stamina, tunnel/ladder stroke, wiremesh/trench jigs and shooting range.

These officers can with bare hands or using rifles or daggers neutralise dangerous people.

In the past, the army was diverted to handle internal security duties because the police had no capacity.

We had to divert the whole 3rd battalion and part of the 5th battalion to deal with cattle rustling.

If such a police force was in place, they would have handled the cattle rustling.

I will discuss with the police leadership, strengthening the units in the force for specialized better performance. 

I congratulate the best performers and thank the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for its support to Uganda, for training the first tank force and the Special Forces Command.

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