Uganda Police take community outreach to refugee settlement camps
Head of the community policing department, ACP Anatoli Muleterwa. FILE PHOTO

According to ACP Anatoli Muleterwa, the Police community outreach is aimed at supporting refugees, host communities and local council leaders.

The Police has extended its support to individuals in refugee camps from the West Nile districts of Adjumani, Madi Okolo, Yumbe and Terego District.

According to the head of the community policing department, ACP Anatoli Muleterwa, the community outreach is aimed at supporting refugees, host communities and local council leaders.

“Our team have embarked on a community policing drive targeting refugees, host communities and local council leaders,” ACP Muleterwa said.

“We have so far met with the communities from West Nile districts of Adjumani (Magi Camps ), Madi Okolo (Rhino Camp), Yumbe (BIDI BIDI Settlement areas) and Terego District (Nvepi and Omugo Settlement areas.”

Muleterwa also said that this will help boost the working environment for all stakeholders. The ACP said that they have met welfare committees at all levels including refugees communities, host communities and local council leaders.

“We are scheduled having community outreach meetings in the refugee settlement areas as one of the key output areas of community policing. We have met with the refugee welfare committees at all levels, refugees communities, host communities and local council leaders to improve the working environment through community engagement,” ACP Muleterwa added.

“The message we have targeted to share with refugee communities is building a sense of hope in them, given the nature of background where they come from.”

He further said that they have also assured to continue guarding and protecting them because it is not a crime to be a refugee. 

ACP Muleterwa disclosed that they have identified problems affecting these refugees and engaged them to build on their hope to achieve sustainable development.

“While they are here, they must have a sense of security, which is a shared responsibility by playing particular roles like giving us information, coordinating with us on any issues about the local community,” he disclosed.

“We have listened and identified problems affecting them, and like the principles of community policing, through this kind of engagement, it has generated consensus and a lot of hope that we will build on to consolidate sustainable development.”

Uganda Police take community outreach to refugee settlement camps
Head of the community policing department, ACP Anatoli Muleterwa. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, he reminded the group to remain disciplined and adhere to all legal requirements under the government of Uganda.

“We have also warned them about committing crimes like fighting, domestic violence, murder, rape, early marriages and defilement among others but be law abiding citizens, desire to be united, love each other have common destiny for ourselves,” ACP Muleterwa reminded.

“Take interests in knowing the cultural norms of society where you are. cooperate with security agencies, give us information, enforcement of the law and desire to live together, be united and learn to solve problems affecting you other than being lawlessness and share information for quick intervention.”