120 Flying Squad Operatives have been retrained by the Uganda Police force to handle incidents related to gun violence and terrorism ahead of the festive season.
While addressing the media at their headquarters in Naguru on Monday, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said the operatives who are now attached to the directorate of crime intelligence have undergone a three-month refresher course.
They will be deployed in districts that are known to have high incidents of violent crimes such as armed and aggravated robberies, including Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Mbarara, Jinja, Masaka, Arua, Moyo, and Mubende.
Lt Gen Paul Lokech the former Deputy Inspector General of Police reverted Flying Squad to crime intelligence directorate just a month before his death, ending its autonomy as a police unit.
Lokech further reverted the commanders to general duties and later redeployed them to upcountry police stations in areas of Sebei, Bukedi, and Elgon.
Also, the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) resolved to send the junior police officers and other operatives to a three months retraining before they are redeployed.
Now, Enanga says that the 120 operatives will be working on intelligence and will not be involved in anything related to investigations.
Their role will be trailing and tracing criminal gangs that engage in robberies, kidnaps, terrorism, and fraud.