The Uganda Police Force have intensified training exercises in preparation for possible violence and acts of terrorism ahead of the 2026 elections.
On Monday, Police showcased its ability to combat terrorism and violent activities in a joint demo exercise held by the Directorate of Counter Terrorism and the Field Force Unit at the Kigo Marine Base-Entebbe.
Police said the exercise was held to “demonstrate the police force’s professionalism and use of advanced capabilities and tools.”
The law enforcement body recently procured dozens of armoured personnel carriers to deliver specialised units in conflict areas.
Anti-riot personnel demonstrated improved tactics of countering protesters.
Rescue services also showed methods of extracting wounded security personnel from battlefields.
Counter terrorism crack units also showcased their skills in combating gangs and terrorists.
Also on display was the ‘combined arms’ element being perfected in the police, whereby units from counter terrorism, canine, intelligence and anti-riot work together to achieve common goals.
The exercise was held to demonstrate the police force’s professionalism and use of advanced capabilities and tools.
During the exercise, the DIGP Maj. Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi, praised the police officers for their professionalism and dedication to serving the public. pic.twitter.com/MC54Phmpaf
— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) March 27, 2023
The 2021 election campaigns were marred by unprecedented violence as security forces battled opposition activists in deadly street battles.
Insiders blamed the security services of poor coordination in countering opposition activists.
During yesterday’s exercise, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi, warned criminals that the “police force is now well-equipped to handle any threats of criminality” in the country.
“I want to thank the government of Uganda for enabling us to acquire the capabilities and tools that are helping us keep law and order in Uganda,” said the DIGP.