Monday, 2 February 2015
Police reject recruits with tattooed bodies.Drive Hot News
Some of the applicants who turned up for the police recruitment at Police Primary School in Gulu Town last week. Photo by Julius Ocungi.
Police have said they did not recruit any applicant with tattoos. This, they claim, was done so as to keep the Force professional.
The police cadet recruitment exercises, which begun on January 28, ended on January 30 where police was seeking to recruit a total of 500 graduates.
Aswa Regional Police spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema said over the weekend that during the cadet recruitment exercise, conducted at Police Primary School in Gulu Town, some applicants failed to qualify because they had tattoos.
He said people with tattoos are always portrayed in the community as criminals and that the police have no space for such people.
“We want to stress this clearly to everyone who has tattoo on their bodies that the police will never accept them. We have our standards and we cannot expect such people with tattoo if recruited to convince the locals while carrying out community policing,” said Mr Okema.
Probation Police Constables recruitment exercise which commenced on Sunday ends on February 5 country wide with a total of 3,000 graduates expected to be recruited in a bid to bolster the force’s strength ahead of the 2016 general elections.
Mr Okema, noted that a total of 100 applicants out of 159 who applied for the cadet successfully went through the aptitude test, medical test, oral and written interviews, adding that their names will be submitted at the Police Headquarters where their fate will be announced later.
Last year, the police recruited 100 Probation Police Constables and 20 Cadet Officers from Acholi Sub-region.