LINKAGES Activity to Support Police Review Public Consultations in Uganda
SUNY/CID NEWS STORIES 2009
On July 15, 2009, the US Agency for International Development signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ugandan Police Force (UPF), and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to provide support for the national public consultation activities for phase two of Uganda's ongoing police review. SUNY/CID's USAID-funded Uganda LINKAGES activity was named in the MoU as the implementing partner for these activities.
LINAKGES will support the UPF to hold meetings with key stakeholders including cultural, religious, and opinion leaders, as well as representatives from civil society organizations, local governments, select ministries and members of parliament in 27 locations nationwide. In addition to the public consultation, face-to-face discussions with local police, site visits to police posts and surrounding communities, and call-in discussion on local radio stations will be held at each location. With LINKAGES support, UPF will also open a temporary public office in Kampala to collect additional input from citizens delivered by phone, internet, and in person.
The nationwide consultations aims to broadly publicize the three-phase police review process; explain the current policies and practices of the UPF; aggregate views regarding all aspects of policing, police accountability and performance; and provide the UPF with recommendations for reforms on how the UPF can better address the needs of the local communities they serve. In addition, the UPF will be provided with a report that synthesizes the inputs collected during phase two for use by the Government of Uganda during the drafting the final UPF restructuring and reform process.