President Yoweri Museveni is now passing out toddlers still in primary schools as crime preventers.
Today, the president even took a picture engaging kids who have just left nursery level donning police T-shirts.
The presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, labelled the toddlers “young Crime Preventers”.
The pass out ceremony of the “babies” took place at Mbale Municipal grounds in Mbale town, eastern Uganda.
The president was accompanied by the chief of police, Kale Kayihura.
“Together with your parents we were involved in liberating this country because there was no freedom,” the president told the recruits.
“During colonialism, colonialists tried to bring peace in the country but failed in Karamoja. This is the first time for Uganda to be peaceful.”
Museveni said the crime preventers will act as a reserve force of Uganda police and will be paid when on duty.
The event saw about 173,010 Crime Preventers from the 5 Districts of the Elgon region graduate.
The cadres have trained in police and security practices to avert petty crimes in their communities and country at large.
This week, President Yoweri Museveni presided over the passing out of over 23,000 crime preventers trained by the Uganda Police at Nyakasanga grounds in Kasese District.
In his remarks President Museveni thanked Uganda Police for the noble job done.
“The role of the police is to promote community policing and the role of crime preventers is to stop petty crimes of stealing chicken, coffee and more. Thanks to the Uganda Police for supporting Government to fight poverty.”
The National Crime Preventers Forum confirms that seven million crime preventers have so far been passed out ahead of 2016 general elections.