MASAKA; Latiff Zaake, the Southern Region Police Commander has stopped officers from unnecessary arrest of suspects accused of minor offences.
Last week, Police raided Nyendo-Ssenyange division and arrested 100 suspects accused of terrorizing residents in Masaka municipality.
Those arrested included one Nalongo Rashida Nakibilige, the most wanted suspect in connection with alleged theft of motorcycles and vehicles.
Other suspects were arrested for minor offenses including pickpocket, trespass, simple assaults over drunkenness among other offenses.
Latiff Zaake, the Southern Region Police commander says most of those arrested over minor offenses have been released because they clog the police station.
He says he has asked all police officers in the region to stop unnecessary arrest of suspects.
Zaake says police is now delegating minor cases to local councils to resolve them so that police concentrates on serious crimes.
According to Zaake, police has been spending a lot time and resources on minor cases stalling serious investigations into capital offences such as murder, defilement corruption among others.
Information obtained from police indicates that at least 30 cases are reported daily at Masaka central police station.
But majority of these cases are minor. They include theft, burglary, phone and computer theft and assaults.
Majority of the suspects are youths that dropped out of school. Michael Mulindwa, the Nyendo-Ssenyange division chairman says his area is one of the most affected areas with crimes.
He says there is need for community sensitization to address the problem. He notes that being slummy area, Nyendo attracts many people because it is cheaper in terms of accommodation compared to the rest of the municipality.