The police administration has added white sleeves on its new uniform for the junior traffic police officers after members of the public complained about the visibility of the recently redesigned outfit.
The traffic officer’s new uniform was originally in plain khaki after police rebranded from the all-white uniform in early of March this year.
However, the formerly khaki will now be changed to bear white sleeves effective today, Friday, April 23.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, the white sleeves worn by the traffic officers will enable motorists to see them from a distance.
“All our traffic police officers on the road will wear white sleeves from Friday. We expect motorists to respect them,” Assistant Superintendent of Police Owoyesigyire said.
The white sleeves will be worn by subordinate officers – those below the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police.
The chairman of the police uniform committee, AIGP Asan Kasingye, recently said public criticism of the new uniform design prompted the Police Policy Advisory Committee to reintroduce white sleeves to enable the officers to be visible to motorists while guiding traffic on the road.
Traffic police officers have been victims of accidents even before their white uniform was changed.
Last month, traffic police constable Alex Khakosi died on the spot after being knocked by a speeding motorist on Masaka Road in Mpigi District. Another officer Joseph Watuwa was knocked dead while on duty at Wairaka on the Jinja-Iganga highway.