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Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Military Police in partnership with Uganda Police Force have passed out 21 defensive drivers and 14 outside riders at Kololo ceremonial grounds.

The Director Human Resources Development (DHRD) of Uganda Police Force, AIGP Brigadier Godfrey Goloba, officiated at the pass out ceremony. He congratulated the trainees upon completion of the course and urged them to prepare their minds for the tasks ahead.

“This training was meant to prepare you for the challenges that may encounter while executing your duties such as driving amidst reckless road users, navigating through traffic jam and maneuvering on narrow roads. With this training and the demonstration exhibited, I guarantee that our visitors or Very Important Persons (VIPs) that you will drive or escort will be safe and enjoy their time while with you,” he said.

He however cautioned that that the drivers and riders would only be useful as long as they are disciplined, take good care of themselves and live a responsible and healthy lives.

AIGP Goloba reiterated the commitment of Uganda Police Force in supporting its sister Force, the UPDF, in specialized training whenever called upon.  He said the roles of the two sister Forces are complementary.

“The Military ensures greater security whereas Police ensures law and order. There cannot be law and order where there is no security,” he said.

The Commandant Military Police, Col Keith Katungi, underscored the significance of the training received from Uganda Police Force saying that it will help improve the capabilities within UPDF’s Military Police and that the training was a critical force multiplier. He stressed the importance of coordinated efforts from various government agencies in ensuring a better living environment for Ugandans.

PTE Layet Lydia, the only female rider, was recognized as the most courageous rider while PTE Anyiku Emmanuel emerged the overall best driver and Lance Corporal Osinde Bernard emerged in the second position.

The function was attended by Officers and militants from UPDF’s Military Police and Uganda Police Force.