In its 2021 Annual Crime Report, the Uganda police report a 0.1% increase in the number of crimes reported from 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020 to 196,081 cases reported in 2021.
The Uganda police report in its 2021 Annual Crime Report, that there was a 0.1% increase in the volume of crimes cases from 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020 to 196,081 cases in 2021.
While presenting the Uganda Police Force Annual Crime Report for the year 2021, the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola said the crime trends were greatly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and the subsequent opening of all sectors of the economy.
“In our 2020 Annual Crime Report, we identified some of the challenges, strategies and recommendations that the Uganda Police Force was to adopt in fighting crime. In this 2021 Annual Crime Report, we account for the progress the Institution made in fulfilling the task and again, set out a new Crime Plan, including how we are to tackle the key priorities.”
“Generally, in the year 2021, there was a 0.1% increase in the volume of crimes reported to Police from 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020 to 196,081 cases in 2021. The details on management and performance, Crime distribution, status and gravity of the reported cases are all discussed in the Report,” Ochola said.
Focusing ahead, he raised the police will continue to address the common challenges of policing, and our other critical tasks in the year 2022 in a bid to among others, improve the quality of services offered to the public.
“Also engage communities through our community policing programs aimed at building a stronger trust between the police and the population. Enhance officer training to improve the use of modern technologies. Have highly trained professional Police officers who match courage with compassion, care and understanding of the population. Digitalize and integrate crime records for purposes of easy detection, reporting, tracking, supervision and analysis of crime trends.”
“Since crime management is not a single spine function for the Criminal Investigations Directorate, all Police Directorates are required to play their respective roles towards crime management and reduction, setting crime performance targets and standards against which they will be periodically measured. For quick and effective monitoring of crime trends, the Police Management also plans to release quarterly crime reports to the public,” Ochola said.
In addition, he mentioned that the police management is focusing on improving the welfare of all its personnel especially in addressing the pertinent question of accommodation to achieve good staff performance and satisfaction.
He, however, thanked the entire Police fraternity for continuing to keep the country safe. He also conveys his gratitude to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, sister security Agencies, JLOS Partners, the media and the public for their support in fighting crime.
“On a special note, I register my appreciation to H.E. The President of the Republic of Uganda who continuously guides and supports the Uganda Police Force in fighting crime. Finally, I urge all Ugandans to continue the fight against crime for a safer Uganda. As the Institution releases last year’s Police Annual Crime Report, we look forward for suggestions and feedback for improvement in securing our Country,” he added.