Police in Sembabule district are investigating circumstances under which the officer in charge (OC) of Nankondo police post in Rwebitakuli Sub-County in Sembabule district was attacked and killed by unknown assailants. According to police, Sergeant Godfrey Jatiem No. 3117 was killed on Tuesday evening as he returned from buying supper. His gun was also reportedly taken by the assailants. “Preliminary investigations indicate that the deceased was attacked at around 8:00pm by two or more people who first wrestled him before grabbing his gun and shot him dead. He was from buying chapatti for supper,” said Ms Poly Namaye, the deputy police spokesperson. Ms Namaye further told Daily Monitor that the fallen officer’s body was taken to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for postmortem as investigations into his death continue. “We have deployed our officers in the area to conduct investigations and we want to assure the relatives of the deceased that we are doing everything we can to arrest the assailants who will be prosecuted in court,” she added. Jatiem’s body will be taken to Nebbi for burial. Ms Namaye also urged any member of the public who may have information in connection to the officer's death to inform police and added, "he or she (the informer) will be protected under the oath of secrecy. Between April and July 2014, the Uganda Police Force (UPF) lost more than 10 policemen who were shot dead while on duty around the country. The biggest percentages of the officers killed were shot during crossfire exchange with armed criminals as they tried to foil their operation and during arrests. According to the police, the current situation of officers being murdered can be compared to the year 2002 and 2003 when police was forced to shut down a number of police posts after their officers were attacked and murdered by criminals looking for guns. With the intensified campaign in favour of community policing, violence against police officers has been on the increase and in the last two years, over 30 police officers have been killed either on duty or off duty across the country. Some of the officers killed on duty in the last two years In July 2013, Mohammad Meera, 27, a Police Constable (PC) No.56366 attached to Masaka central police station was stoned to death by suspected drug dealers. In August 2013, armed thugs shot dead police Constable Charles Byarugaba at Mulago. In the same month, APC Tony Omora was shot and injured at Wampewo Avenue before his gun was robbed. In February 2014, Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joseph Bigirwa, an officer in charge of Kajjansi Police Station, was shot dead by criminals. Special Police Constable, Nelson Tugume at Nalumunye near Jomayi Estates was also killed in a shootout with the thugs. Hajj Abdu Ssebagala, a Flying Squad operative, was also gunned down near his home in Kampala. In July 2014 • Corporal David Kyambadde, the deputy commander of the Police flying squad in Kawempe was gunned down at 8:00pm in Kawempe, Kawala. Special Police Constable Aristo Rwegimana attached to Kawempe Police Station was also killed around the same time. • Special Police Constable (SPC) Muhindo Jacob was killed in Kasese • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mugume Bataka Wilson the Officer-in-Charge Station Bundibugyo was shot dead. • AIP Grace Mwine was shot dead when following up a beheading at a Pentecostal church in Kyegegwa District. • Police Constable Swaibu Aliga was killed at Bundibugyo Police Station. In August 2014 • Assistant Police Constable, Mr Francis Abayo returned from his deployment base and shot dead Mr Lawrence Bila at the police counter before shooting himself also. The two were attached to Nebbi Polce Station.