The newly created controversial crime preventers will never be the answer to criminal acts in the country, that’s according to a private investigator.
The Uganda Police Force has been training civilians to help in preventing criminal acts in the country. They are known as crime preventers. “I don’t even know whether having thousands of crime preventers on our streets makes people feel safer or, possibly, contribute to making them more anxious. Better policing cut and prevents crime,” Richard Musaazi told us in an interview.
Richard says Crime Preventers are not the solution
Musaazi also says that police should focus more on crime prevention rather than catching Criminals, focusing on would be Offenders, likely victims and Crime hotspots is the way forward.
Richard describes himself as a goal driven person, dad, a career gentleman, a trained and qualified investigator from the institute of private investigation, a BA (HON)Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice student, born in 70s to the late Ssentiba Maaso and Mariam Namagambe in Bakijjulula Mityana now Mityana district.
Musaazi who is a trained investigator doesn’t believe one has to join the police force to fight crime. “I’m a professional investigator, we need to change our mind-set, I don’t need to work for Ugandan police to fight crime in Uganda. I’m trying to create Organizations with an effective approach to cutting crime and to ensure that prison and rehabilitation work better,” he said.
Richard at his office during an interview
Commenting on the economy, the UK trained investigator who is also a Luweero child survivor believes the country has moved on saying, “we have the ideas but we need the government to support us. As a father who loves his kids desperately, when you think about their future, the economy issue is worrying and I would appeal direct to the president to do something.” He adds, “The only reason anyone is ever hired by an employer, is when an employer believes that the person will create more value for the business than the cost of their salary, benefits and taxes.
Viewed in that way, the only two ways to increase the number of people employed is to increase the productivity of those people employed or to decrease their cost to the employer.” Although it has some challenges, some analysts believe the police has moved some strides in its journey of professionalism.
This is a view shared by Richard. “The changing crime environment is presenting new challenges and will require a new approach; the police cannot function without the support of the public,” he said before adding, “Policing approach that emphasizes fairness and positive interaction is likely to be effective in reducing crime by maintaining and increasing trust and legitimacy.”
On the question of whether one needs private investigator with the availability of police which is charged with the same responsibility, Richard says, “Private investigator is often the last resort for those who find themselves with few if any options. Investigators must be true professionals possessing education, experience and skills.” His company, Richards’s private investigations is unique to the private investigators industry.
It uses technology, experience, knowledge and science to solve cases we are not trying to be like every other company that claims to do everything within the world of investigations and security, according to the dad of four. He however, insists that, “if the problem is beyond our expertise we have a number of strategic partners who we can refer our clients to at no additional expense to us.
In forming RPI my goal was to be the best within our areas of expertise, Surveillance Criminal defense investigations, forensic investigations and corporate investigations. We operate and functions as a specialized unit of highly educated and experienced professional investigators.” Their work is mostly solicited by law firms, government agencies, corporations, and private individuals to solve the most complex cases and questions. It is expected to begin operations in Uganda.