Mental assessment for Kampala police officers completed

Newspaper Article Authors: Prof. Edward Bantu


The exercise that started with police officers at the Fire and Emergency Rescue directorate has been concluded with detectives at Criminal Investigations Directorate –CID headquarters at Kibuli.

In the eight weeks assessment, more than 200 police officers from CID, Fire and Emergency directorate, traffic police directorate and Field Force Unit- FFU were assessed.

Christine Olyel Olanya, Acting Commissioner Police Force Welfare and Health, earlier said police officers’ assessment was endorsed by Policy Advisory Committee –PAC chaired by Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola.

After the top police leadership assessment, police force in partnership with Makerere University psychology professors led by Prof Edward Bantu started a mental assessment exercise purposely targeting a sample of officers from four critical units of the police.

Prof Bantu’s team would use written and oral questions both in groups and individually. It is alleged that the brutality of officers during policing were driver of the assessment exercise.