The Uganda Police through the Directorate of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on Monday launched an App that enables citizens trace lost and found property, police stations near them with respective contacts of officers, as well as the police leadership structure.
The ‘UPF MOBI APP’, AIGP Asan Kasingye told Journalists during a press briefing at the Police Headquarters in Naguru, is part of the force’s Strategic Policing Plan (2015 /16 -19/20) to implement information management system consisting of six database systems and 26 databases.
Mr Kasingye said on many occasions, the police recover people, especially children, but they get stuck at stations because their relatives are not aware.
“Many police stations are littered with many unclaimed properties or the owners cannot adduce enough evidence to prove that the property belongs to them.” he said.
Mr Kasingye revealed that in many instances the public never get to know that their property is even in the hands of the police which sometimes, he said is auctioned by order of courts or if returned, it is never ever in its original form.
Also present at the presser was the acting ICT director Felix Baryamwisaki who noted that the App will among others improve rights of people, reduce incidence of property crime, quick and timely reunification of property and their owners, improve access to information.
“It will also help in improving openness and transparency through efficient service delivery,” Mr Baryamwisaki said.
The databases include, among others, motor vehicle registration, drivers licence , license to carry fire arms, criminal database, crime statics, traffic accident, lost and found property, missing persons and arrest warrant database.
How does it work. The public can access the App through visiting the police website www.upf.go.ug