“Be good emissaries of Uganda Police & ambassadors of selflessness, IGP Ochola to retired Officers. Retiring police officers have been called upon to be good emissaries of the Uganda Police Force and never to allow any selfish interest to blemish the integrity and wisdom they have nurtured over years.
This call was on Friday 10th December 2021 made by the Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola at Police headquarters Naguru while presiding over a farewell and walkout ceremony of 155 retiring Police officers.
Among the retired officers included those from the rank of Inspector of Police and below with 59 Inspectorates (AIP and IP), 48 Sergeants 27 Corporals, and 21 Constables.
According to IGP Ochola, the manner the retiring officers have conducted themselves over the years, the skills and knowledge acquired, they will remain the mirrors and ambassadors of the Police force wherever they go.
“As Uganda Police Force (UPF) management, we hold these farewell functions as a sign of appreciation to our officers who conclude the tough, challenging and at times thankless and heartbreaking years of Police service”, Ochola added.
The IGP stressed that it is therefore only through such a gathering that they are accorded a lifetime opportunity to express gratitude, respect, reverence, and honor to their own officers whose invaluable contributions are hardly brought to light.
Ochola revealed that the officers started service in this institution when they were many but some of their colleagues they joined with, fell by the wayside hence applauding the retiring ones for having endured and diligently served the country to attain the impressive milestone in their lives with great integrity.
“After many years of strenuous Police duties, you are now relieved from the compulsory strains with honor and dignity, and it is for this reason that those who are still in service, should look at you with admiration and gratitude for a job well -done. Therefore, consider this function as a collective token of appreciation for a great journey of your achievements and beautiful memories”, he added.
According to the IGP, as the few post-service challenges await the retiring officers, he has no doubt that the tough Policing challenges that they experienced were adequate to prepare them for greater challenges ahead and to nurture them to build a strong foundation for the current new chapter in life thus imploring them to remain honest to themselves, sincere, humble to fellow beings and affectionate to their family members and the community.
In a special way, Ochola extended great appreciation to the retiring officers’ spouses and other family members that have kept at their side through thick and thin stressing that to accomplish Police duties requires amazing, loving, and supportive families with a tremendous amount of faith, love, mercy, endurance, and grace.
Ochola acknowledged with gratitude the day’s facilitators for the knowledge given to their colleagues stressing that their topics have been very enriching and insightful.
“I applaud every one of you for your valuable contributions to the UPF, it was a pleasure for all of us to work with you on every occasion” he concluded.