Principal Judge, Flavian Zeija, has cautioned that Uganda Police risks losing its scientists if they don’t increase their salaries.
Zeija, who was the chief guest at the commissioning of the Directorate of Forensic Science at Naguru police headquarters, yesterday, said that as police advance into digital policing, crime monitoring and management, it should think of increasing personnel salaries of its personnel, particularly scientists.
A policeman who holds a certificate in a science course earns 800,000 Shillings per month, while a diploma holder in a science-related course earns one million Shillings monthly and Degree holders earn between 1.5 and 2.5 million Shillings monthly depending on the importance of the science course.
However, Zeija said the current earnings are not sufficient and police could find itself losing the personnel.
Andrew Mubiru, the acting director of the Directorate of Forensic Science said that currently, the department has 459 personnel but added that these are very few compared to roles and tasks the directorate has to execute.
Mubiru also expressed a need for more equipment such as motorcycles and crime scene vans so as to ease response to crime incidents noting that currently they have only 70 motorcycles and three vans.