The Influence of Police Training Programmes on Police Officers Participation in Good Police – Community Relations in Uganda

Sseggiriinya Fredrick, Ezati Betty, Wafula Wycliff Scot


This study sought to investigate the influence of police training programmes on police officers participation in good police- community relations in Uganda. The investigation was provoked by the reportedly deteriorating performance of police officers in areas of good police - community relations despite of government’s effort to transform Uganda to a middle income country by 2040.The specific areas studied were the influence of police training on their participation in provision of services to the community,   community communal activities and provision of customer care. The study took an interpretive philosophical paradigm and was under pined by the Social learning theory and the Expectancy theory of Motivation. Data was collected using questionnaires, interviews, Focused Group Discussions, participant observation and documentary analysis. A total of 412 police officers and 80 non police officers participated in the study. Quantitative data was analyzed using SPSS by use of descriptive statistics, correlation analysis, Regression analysis and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) while qualitative data was analyzed using thematic analysis by use of transcription, coding and themes development. The study findings showed a strong positive relationship between training programmes and participation in good police community relations, (r = 0.654, p = 0.000, n = 412). It further showed that police training programmes are predictors of police officers participation in good police community relations promotions, pv < 0.050 (= 0.000). The relationship is statistically significant at 95 % confidence level. The researcher concluded that police training programmes influence police officers participation in good police- community relations in Uganda. Thus it was recommended that police management promote good police- community relations by allocating enough funds to standardize training and other activities related to good police – community relations promotions in Uganda.

Keywords: Police Training Programmes Good Police Community Relations Promotion.

DOI: 10.7176/PPAR/9-10-04

Publication date:October 31st 2019

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