Police Officers Get Oil & Gas Protection Training

A group of 270 Crisis Response Team (CRT) Police officers underwent Oil and Gas protection training at Olilim Counter Terrorism Police Training School in Katakwi district.

The group that was passed out at an event on Friday consisted of 33 female police officers from the rank of Superintendent of Police to the Police Constable.

They were training alongside another group of 70 Scene of Crime Officer- SOCOs who underwent forensic services training.

Dhikusoko Awali, the Acting Commandant of Olilim Counter Terrorism Police Training School, said that the training was conducted to equip officers with skills to enhance security in areas that have oil and gas activities.

He revealed that officers were equipped with the concepts of counter terrorism, use of specialized equipment and arms in the oil and gas installations.

Frank Mwesigwa, the Acting Director of Oil and Gas said that the trainees are the first group of the Police personnel to be trained following the directive from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

In 2011, Museveni directed Police to form specialized oil and gas protection Unit. Mwesigwa said the directive led to the establishment of the Oil and Gas Police Division in 2012.

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