Police to start profiling known criminals

In the wake of growing criminality in Kampala and its environs, the police have taken up an exercise of profiling and hunt for offenders that have been involved in previous criminal activities.

This is part of the new measures that security chiefs agreed with President Yoweri Museveni last evening at his Kisozi ranch in Gomba district.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Sabiti Muzeyi flanked the the Commander of Land Forces Lt Gen Peter Elwelu announced the new security plan at a press conference held at the Police headquarters at Naguru in Kampala.

The new security plan is intended to tackle the current wave of violent crime in Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, and Entebbe as well as other areas within the Kampala Metropolitan policing area where criminality manifests.

“This reviewed plan sits within the 12 wider measures announced last year by the President. I want to report that a lot of strides have been made in this regard, including the aspects of installation of cameras, finger printing of fire arms, improving the police forensics capacity, as well as improving the crime intelligence and criminal investigations directorates,” Muzeyi said.

He said, revised approach will involve creating an effective communication linkage with the public through which each family in a zoned area of responsibility, shall be given a telephone line of the nearest station or post.

“The KMP area is going to be divided into policing zones or security constituencies for each station or post, with attendant published call lines, reaction forces and linkage to all stations and posts as well as cameras, when there is a distress call,” Muzeyi said.

The security also plans to register and mark streets and residences to enhance quick response.

He said that they also intend to have effective investigations and prosecution of culprits.  To achieve this, Muzeyi said, government intends to engage the judiciary and the directorate of public prosecutions to discuss the modalities.

The new security plan will be jointly implemented by the police and the army.