MENTAL HEALTH

Senior police officers undergo mental health training

The training is to enable the officers to tackle mental issues at their places of work.

In Summary

Akuru said police officers have been undergoing challenges in the field due to the nature of their work environment.

He said they are training the senior officers so that they are able to detect and address issues before they get out of hand.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
Image: NPS

The alarming cases of police officers battling mental sicknesses have compelled the National Police Service Commission to organize a mental health workshop for senior police officers.

According to a senior principal at the Police service James Akuru, the workshop is aimed at educating the senior officers on mental health.

The NPSC is partnering with Chiromo hospital in conducting the exercise.

“This is to make the seniors at the NPS be able to handle the mental care issues at their dire levels of commanders,” said Akuru.

Akuru said police officers have been undergoing challenges in the field due to the nature of their work environment hence the need to be trained on mental issues that may jeopardize their work.

“The officers are here because the government cares for them and are needed to be productive,” Akuru said.

He said they are training the senior officers so that they are able to detect and address issues before they get out of hand.

On August 12, 2021, the NPSC reported a total of 113 police officers within the Service were undergoing treatment for mental illness across the country.

Of the 113 officers, female officers were only four while the remaining 109 were males.

The figures were obtained from a document tabled before the National Assembly's Committee on Administration and National Security.

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