On November 17, 2023, Tumusiime Katsigazi, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), officially kicked off the 17th iteration of the Inter-forces Games 2023, which the Uganda Police Force is hosting.
The teams include the major Ugandan forces of the Uganda Police Forces (UPF), Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), and Uganda Prisons Services.
The kickoff ceremony was held at Police Headquarters Naguru, and it marks the beginning of events spanning from November 18th to December 1st, 2023, at Kigo Range Grounds, Police Training School, Kabalye, and Masindi Stadium.
The event is running under the theme “Fostering Wellness and Interagency Cooperation through Sports for a Safer and Secure Uganda.”
DIGP Katsigazi urged competing teams not only to strive for international representation but also to enhance network building among security forces for the collective improvement of the country’s security.
“I call upon the teams to not only strive for international representation but also work towards improving the network among the sister forces,” said Gen. Katsigazi.
DIGP Katsigazi extended an invitation to the public, aiming to inspire and showcase the talents of officers and men and encouraging citizens to cheer on and support the participants.
This initiative, according to the police, aims to cultivate harmony among the forces. The Uganda Wildlife Authority hosted the 16th Inter-forces Games and Championships last year between September 22 and September 30, 2022, in Mweya Park.
The games featured various disciplines, including handball, soccer, shooting range, darts, taekwondo, netball, and volleyball.
The games ended with Uganda Police Force emerging as the overall winners.