ROAD SAFETY: Police plans to recruit 500 more drivers and riders in an effort to curb overworking the few Drivers the Force has.
The recruitment drive, according to police officials, is also meant to stem accidents involving police vehicles.
“We have few drivers in police yet almost all big officers from the district police commanders’ (DPC) level to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) want drivers. So, to avoid our drivers working under a lot of stress, we have to recruit more in order to be safe on the road,” Felix Ndyomugyenyi, the deputy director for Training – Human Resource Development, said recently.
“Senior officers don’t drive, they are always planning for the country as they are driven. So, in order to be safe, they can’t drive and plan,” Ndyomugyenyi said.
He spoke shortly after Vivo Energy had trained about 250 police drivers in deafensive driving or road safety at Royal Suites Bugolobi. The drivers were drawn from Kampala Metropolitan region and the neighboring areas.
“The training is very timely because the police force has the biggest fleet of vehicles ever. We request the training course to be extended to other police drivers countrywide,” he said.
Ndyomugyenyi said this year civilians will be recruited and must have driving permits. The recruits, he said, should be aged between 25 and 38. He said the new recruits will be trained at the Police Training School in Masindi.
“We train drivers up to the level of sergeants; if they are promoted beyond that rank, we can’t use them as drivers. They are deployed as transport managers of police vehicles or trainers,” he said.
Ndyomugyenyi urged police drivers not to mismanage police vehicles because they will be arrested and charged accordingly.
“We want to have first-class drivers who are trained from school and can secure life and property. Avoid bringing your problems on the road while driving. It is one of the major causes of accidents since you drive when your minds are somewhere else,” he said.