Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Katsigazi Tumusiime, the deputy Inspector General of Police, has warned that female police personnel of the occupational hazards stating that they should not expect to be treated like queens. He noted that once someone enters the force, she is supposed to be ready for any situation at any time.
Maj. Gen. Tumusiime was responding to a Makerere University study funded by the Else Initiative on the challenges experienced by female police officers deployed on UN Peacekeeping missions yesterday. According to the research, there has been inequity in the number of female officers assigned for UN operations. This was predicated on the fact that women have made up only 28 percent of police UN mission deployments since 2004.
However, Maj. Gen. Tumusiime said sometimes female police officers are left out because they want to be treated like glass. The second in command of the police force said some police women start showing their weaknesses while on the training.
“We look at performance right from training, we have one challenge because they say for you are a lady, you must be treated like a glass, from birth to school that ladies should be handled like a glass. If in training you want to be handled like glass, you come out as a glass and we don’t deploy glasses. For us we deploy metals.”