Police and National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) are in talks to accredit the Police Command and Staff College as an institution of higher learning to enable it offer undergraduate and Master’s degrees in security and leadership studies.
Mr. Moses Kafeero, the commandant of the Police Command and Staff College, said their talks with NCHE are in advanced stages.
“Our aim is to have courses at the college that are recognized within the country and around the world. Having NCHE’s accreditation is important in the attainment of this goal,” Mr. Kafeero said.
The Police Command and Staff College at Bwebajja on Entebbe Road, Wakiso District, was established last year to train senior police officers in leadership and managerial skills.
Unfortunately, most of the courses offered can be recognized only in the security institutions in Uganda.
Mr. Kafeero said in pursuit of meeting standards required by NHCE, they have hired Dr. Jude Kagolo to streamline the teaching programmes and curriculum.
“There is a plan to bring onboard police officers with Master’s degrees and PhDs to teach officers,” he said.
He said the police college will also carry out research that will guide policy direction in the police.
So far, the police college has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations University of Peace based in Costa Rica to be its affiliate in the region.
Change in styles
The process to get accreditation as an institute of higher learning comes after police management shifts from training new officers to in-service officers.
Most of the in-service officers at the rank of an assistant superintendent of police and above will be trained at the police college.
Recently, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Martin Okoth-Ochola, said many senior officers were exposing weaknesses in the field due to lack of training.
According to police statistics, there is a training backlog of more than 10,000 officers, especially senior officers in the Force.