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Gun Registration To Be Complete By July – Police

The Uganda Police Force has revealed that it will have data regarding all guns, ammunition, and handlers by the end of July this year.

The revelation was made on Monday by the Deputy Police Spokeswoman ACP Polly Namaye at Police Headquarters in Kampala.

Namaye said that the finger printing process that  started last year has been  completed in Kampala  Metropolitan Police area and rolled out to other  policing  regions.

“So far the team has registered all the guns in the hands of police force, prison service and those privately  licensed within  Kampala metropolitan,” she said.

According to police, the process is handled by a joint security team comprised of police and sister security agencies like ISO and military intelligence.

The team is concerned with  capturing the data of each individual gun and marching the data with the holder.

Ms Namaye told the press that the data is stored using the newly acquired Integrated Ballistic Identification Systems (IBIS) which were procured recently to strengthen the forensic department of the police force.

She noted that the new security system is a measure to combat crime perpetrated by use of guns since individual guns have individual characteristics.

However, in the exercise, Ms Namaye said that police has also recovered  some illegal guns which were got from  illegal  holders.

The illegal guns according to the publicist are those whose licenses by their handlers had expired.

Meanwhile, as the process moves to other parts of the  country, the public has been encouraged to be alarmed when they hear sounds of guns in specific areas.

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According to police, the team will embark on registering guns on Tuesday in Katonga region that include Mpigi, Butambala among others.

Relatedly, police revealed to the public that the first phase of  installing CCTV cameras in Kampala metropolitan  has been completed posting the project at 60% completion.

Currently, the security agency is installing control systems  in police divisions such as Katwe, Central police station, Old Kampala, Kawempe, Wandegeya Wakiso, Kiira among others.

Out of 3233 cameras to be installed in Kampala metropolitan, 1940 have already been erected. The distance covered in laying fibre optic cables is 1065.709 totaling to 795 kilometers.

Namaye said that  police is set to roll out phase two of the project that is intended to cover surveillance systems for  municipalities, highways  and major towns.

The security body maintains that the two major anti-crime strategies of gun finger printing and use of CCTV  cameras  will aid in investigations of crime and prosecution of offenders.


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