216 cops fear anti-terrorism training, desert force  

Police personnel in a recent counter terrorism training exercis

Police personnel in a recent counter terrorism training exercis

About 216 police officers who were recruited for anti-terrorism training have reportedly deserted the force over tough conditions.

This was revealed Friday during the pass out ceremony of 205 officers who completed the four months course at Nakasongola army barracks.

Israeli commandos who conducted the training, skilled officers in canal handling, urban fighting, land warfare, and specialised airborne training to produce future snipers.

The director of human resource in the Uganda Police Force, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi; who also doublers as the force’s spokesperson, warned that the deserters would face disciplinary action.

“We are going to handle them at two levels. The disciplinary committee has already started,” Kaweesi said.

He added: “We are involved in a protracted war which started in villages, came to the streets and is now in the courts.”

Counter Terrorism Police includes Aviation, Tourism, Intelligence and Very Important People Protection [VIPPU] police units.

Aviation Police is in charge of border security while VIPPU protects important people such as ministers, judicially officials and MPs.

Intelligence, which was under the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate, is now under Counter Terrorism Directorate that replaced a disbanded Special Branch.

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