At least 65 Assistant Inspectors of Police (AIPs) have completed a three-month course in crime scene management. The officers were drawn from the Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS), headed by Andrew Mubiru, and the Directorate of Police Health Services (DPHS), headed by Moses Byaruhanga.
A senior superintendent of police named SSP Ramathan Doha, who is in charge of training at the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID), said that the goal of the course was to make skilled “scene of crime officers.”
Doha said the course that started February 5, 2022 was based on the doctrine of knowledge enhancement, developing work skills and producing field officers who would work very well with the communities in which crimes are often committed.
“We are sure that we have made SOCOs who can get enough forensic evidence for a successful prosecution,” SSP Doha said. “They have been taught how to identify important forensic evidence and how to use the new equipment used in crime scene management.”
Besides sniffer dogs and firefighters, the head of the DFS said that they needed SOCOs who knew how to pick and protect evidence that would be important in a court case.
He said that more people need to be made aware that they should always respect crime scenes unless they are there to save someone’s life.
“The scene of crime is always tampered with by first responders, who are always neighbors or security people.” We ask the citizens to always preserve the scene. If it is to save a life, please do. But if a person has already died, please call the police, “Mubiru said.” ”
A police report shows that only 34% of all crimes committed and recorded in a year end up going to court, and those that do often take a long time because there isn’t enough evidence for a conviction.
AIGP Godfrey Golooba, who represented Inspector-General of Police Martin Ochola, warned the SOCOs who are now going to head various units against misbehaving towards their subordinates. Golooba is the director of Police Human Resource Development.
AIGP Golooba said: “The basic scene of crime management course is part of the wide management plan of building the capacity of forensic practitioners and investigators.” SOCOs are critical in enhancing the successful conclusion of cases taken to court. You are SOCOs but also leaders. By the nature of their uniform, you will have subordinates who will work with you. Conduct yourselves as leaders. “