Combating Gun Violence: Ugandan Law Enforcement Agency Initiates Mental Health Department

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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In a concerted effort to tackle the issue of gun violence involving police officers, the law enforcement agency has unveiled plans to establish a dedicated department aimed at anger management and the treatment of mental illnesses among its personnel.

During a recent familiarisation tour of the West Nile policing region, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi provided insights into this significant development. The tour’s objective was to assess the security situation in districts bordering South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Engaging with regional police staff, District Police Commanders (DPCs), Officer-in-Charge (OC) Stations, and heads of specialized units from Arua city divisions and districts, Katsigazi expressed a keen interest in understanding the root causes of gun violence in the region. Furthermore, he hinted at the forthcoming establishment of psycho-social centers and a dedicated department to address anger management and provide treatment for police officers with mental illnesses.

While specific details of the plan were not disclosed, it has been confirmed that the process is already in motion, prompted by the recent surge in gun violence involving security personnel.

Critics argue that this initiative is long overdue and stress the importance of its implementation. They contend that such a measure will not only provide vital assistance to police officers grappling with mental health issues but also serve to safeguard the public from its consequences.

During the meetings held in Arua city, Regional Police Commanders (RPCs), DPCs, and members of the interagency committee from the West Nile region presented briefings on the existing situation, highlighting strengths and challenges in their respective policing areas.

Afaf Al Fahchouch

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