YUMBE. There is joy and excitement among police officers attached to Yumbe district after winning a trophy for outstanding performance in community policing.

The Yumbe police were rated the best in 2018 community policing in the whole of the country after scoring 73 per cent followed by Abim district that scored 71 per cent.

The results were announced by Mr Okoth Ochola, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) at the police headquarters in Naguru early this week.

While displaying the trophy to journalists in his office on Tuesday, Mr Moses Olang, the Yumbe district police commander (DPC) said they managed to emerge number one in the country just because of unity and hard work.

He revealed that the police were assessed in a number of areas such as professional investigations, observation of human rights, police professional behaviour in the public, timely reporting to headquarters, how police relate with the judiciary and other security personnel among others.

"This success was as a result of the team spirit and cooperation among the members of the security committee and the community in the district. We are in the process of organizing a celebration for this success on Thursday where a number of stakeholders will be invited because it wasn't easy to make this achievement", he said.

"Another task to us is to work hard so that the trophy is retained because if it is taken from us, then it will mean that we have declined, which I will not accept as the DPC. I will make sure that the police work hard as a team to retain the trophy", Olang added.

Mr Moses Olang 11 09 19Mr Moses Olang the DPC holding the trophy and Mr Richard Ozua the OC CID(in civilian) holding the certificate as other police officers look on.

He revealed that the crime rate in the district has gone down because they have embarked on a new strategy of foot and car patrols in the town and outside the town by both the police and the UPDF.

"We can sometimes take three days without receiving any complaint of crimes committed like house breakings which used to be rampant in the town here. So, the crime rate has gone down and we are going to continue with this strategy throughout the year," Olang promised.

Olang said they have been informed of the next assessment areas and as a result, they have already called many meetings with the team at the central police station and outposts in preparation to defend the trophy.

He appealed to the community to support them through information sharing since it is hard for them as the police to work minus information.

Mr Richard Andama, the Resident District Commissioner for Yumbe appreciated the security fraternity for the job well done.

He said managing crime requires a combined effort of all the security personnel.

"When I came to Yumbe newly in 2018, the number of the UPDF and the police officers were not enough yet Yumbe hosts the biggest number of refugees on the continent as they also need protection. So, I had to give the gaps in the security department in my report but right now, we have over 100 UPDF officers (full battalion) and the number of police has been increased in the district", he said.

"With this boost in the security personnel, we need to sustain the award. This is a challenge to us the leaders of security and soon, we are heading to general elections with its issues so, we need to wake up and work as a team", Andama stressed.

He warned residents against being idle and disorderly in the town and trading centres but encouraged them to engage in production as they have vast land in the district because food insecurity is one of the problems that causes violence in families.