JINJA, UGANDA: Police in Kiira Region have pledged to wipe out criminality from the region after receiving two sniffer dogs which will facilitate criminal investigations in Jinja and Busoga sub region in general.
Kiira regional police spokesperson SP James Mubi commended the Inspector General of Police(IGP) and the leadership of Kiira regional police for the addition saying that criminals in various areas of Busoga sub region will be dealt with using collaborative evidence of sniffer dogs, CCTV camera, among other.
“We have received two sniffer dogs which will facilitate investigations in Kiira region and Busoga sub region as a whole. We appreciate our Regional Police Commander(RPC) ACP Richard Okullu for the efforts geared towards the actualisation of receiving the dogs,” SP Mubi said.
SP Mubi added that a number of villages in Jinja have turned to be black spots noting that police will apply the sniffer dogs to detect illicit drugs/substances, explosives, among other criminal materials used to commit crime.
“Suspected criminals in areas of Bugembe, Mafubira, Namulesa, Buwekula, Wanyange lake and other parts of Kiira region as well as Busoga sub region will easily be smoked out using collaborative evidence of sniffer dogs, CCTV cameras, patrol cars and community alertness,” he said.
According to Mubi, the dogs will also be used from time to time in detecting dangerous explosives at source of the Nile bridge i.e old bridge, new bridge and the railway bridge.
The development comes just few days after an inter-regional security meeting between Kiira region and Sezibwa region who resolved that movement of pedestrians at railway bridge and new bridge be limited to 6pm strictly.
Police according to SP Mubi confirmed that they are going to conduct sensitization programs informing all stakeholders about the same.
“We would like to inform the general public that movement of people (pedestrians) at railway bridge and new bridge stops at 6pm strictly according to the recent resolution made by the inter-regional security meeting between Kiira region and Sezibwa region,” SP Mubi added.
Police says, access control points are enhanced at the bridges to rule out possiblity of people with wrong motives especially during night hours. This will give confidence to everyone using the routes during recommended hours.
“Access control points have been enhanced at these bridges to rule out possiblity of people with wrong motives,” Mubi said in a statement adding that they are yet to conduct programs to sensitize all stakeholders about the matter.
Meanwhile, the regional police spokesperson strongly warned those intending to involve in criminality to abstain or else face arrest and prosecution.
He added that security has been prioritized to create a suitable, safe and secure environment for the general public as they pursue their various works.