Police stuck with 500,000 case files
The police have failed to investigate 515,687 cases in the past five years. This is according to records from the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID).
This means 103,137 cases are not investigated every year and 282 daily.
CID Director, Grace Akullo, attributes the unresolved cases to a number of factors such as disappearance of suspects, waiting for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests especially for defilement and rape cases.
Other cases drag on according to police due to inadequate detectives, some cases involve suspects who are outside the country something that calls for international process to have suspects extradited whereas in other instances samples may need to be taken abroad for further investigations.
“It depends on type of crime; sometimes someone can commit a sexual offence and disappears and creates a backlog because you have not seen the suspect. Others are a backlog because of disputes, for instance, I have been framed by the girl and parents, you have to wait until the girl gives birth to do a DNA test,” Akullo said.
It is only in 2018 when CID registered few numbers of unresolved cases at 90,763 while 2014 it recorded the highest number of unresolved cases at 122,733. In other years like 2015, case backlog stood at 101,733, in 2016 unresolved cases were 95,270 and 2017, case backlog stood at 105,017.
Akullo explained that case backlog means cases committed in a particular year but are still pending in court or their investigations are still underway. Case backlog means a crime that has not been fully investigated in a period of six months for capital offences such rape, defilement, aggravated robbery, treason, corruption and murder.
In civil litigations or crimes, case backlog means an offence whose investigations have gone beyond three months.
Akullo said capital crimes are supposed to be concluded and their files handed over to Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) within six months.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), Maj Gen Muzeyi Sabiiti, in a meeting with CID commanders said case backlog can be reduced by distributing detectives equally.
Sabiiti wondered why some police stations such as Jinja Road have 30 detectives yet other upcountry station have five detectives or even below.
In some areas like Kaabong, Sabiiti said they have general duties officer working as detectives.
A month ago, Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said each detective’s workload had increased from 700 case to 950 cases. This was attributed to less number of detectives yet the population bulges every year and this means an increase in crime.