Martin Okoth Ochola Christmas message
IGP Ochola asks Ugandans to be vigilant and security cautious in this festive season. File Photo

Festive Season: IGP Ochola asks Ugandans to be vigilant and security cautious in Christmas message

As Ugandans set up to celebrate Christmas and new year, Criminals have been warned against any criminal attempt. According to IGP Ochola, security is tight and its operations to curb crimes throughout the country are up.

The Inspector-General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola in his Christmas message on Monday 23rd/December said that 2019 had a lot of security challenges which they managed to stump out.

“We registered selected incidents of violent crimes which had created fear in the public but we worked tirelessly throughout the year after adopting several initiatives and strategies that helped crackdown on the violent crimes of murder by shooting, aggravated robberies and kidnappings to mention but a few,” Ochola said.

Ochola adds:

“We plan to continue with our operational activities throughout the festival season with a focus on serious and dangerous criminals who undermine the safety of Ugandans and visitors to our country.”

Continuing, Ochola says Police worked hard in their sting operations that signed off the growing problem of dealers in suspected stolen properties especially mobile phones, motorcycles, thefts of utilities like pylons, cables, pipes and electronic gadgets.

“So far, the festive month of December 2019, is generally peaceful, simply because we countered and disrupted the preparations of criminals, early enough.”

Recently, Police intensified operations in the third quarter of the year targeting suspected criminals and according to Police, they will not stop until they arrest every criminal and dissolve their groups.

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Ochola however, asked members of the public to be vigilant and security cautious as they celebrate Christmas and the New Year to avoid being victims of the crime incidents.

“As we ready ourselves to celebrate Christmas and usher in the New Year, let us be mindful about opportunistic criminals out there who would wish to take advantage of the slightest opportunity to rob or steal what you have worked for throughout the year,” Ochola warned.

Ochola notes that Police will continue its joint operations with other security agencies that include; External Security Organisation (ESO), Internal Security Organisation (ISO) the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and other security partners purposely to fight crimes in the country, in addition to CCTV cameras already installed.

He says so far it’s joint operation has registered success. According to Ochola, security agencies made tremendous improvements, particularly in investigations and intelligence.

The operations also saw the recruitment of more Police officers to enhance Police’s manpower-intensive activities for instance; patrols, visibility, profiling and pursuing known repeat criminals in the country.

Some of the strategies used during the operations include; response effectiveness through community outreaches, an expansive crime prevention initiative, crime mapping and data collection, hotspot policing where violent crime is concentrated, efficient resource allocation, automated fingerprint analysis, DNA fingerprinting of guns, problem-oriented policing and use of new technologies like CCTV surveillance.