Police ended a run of five successive games without picking maximum points with a convincing 2-0 win over Vipers at Namboole.
Former Vipers midfielder, Hakim Ssenkumba scored both goals from penalty in either half to hand Abdallah Mubiru sweet victory over his former paymasters.
The first penalty was awarded after goalkeeper Ismail Watenga elbowed Rauben Kimera in an off the ball incident.
The custodian had collected a cross from the left and as he ran to take a kick, he elbowed Kimera and referee Ali Sabira made no mistake but pointed to the spot.
Ssenkumba kept his cool in the 22nd minute to slot home although Watenga went the right side.
A couple of minutes later, Hood Kaweesa should have doubled the lead for the hosts but decided to pass for the on rushing Osman Mutumba with only Watenga to beat and the ball went begging.
At the other end, Police goalkeeper Davies Mutebi was forced into brilliant saves from attempts by Deus Bukenya while the Cops were fortunate when referee gave a corner after the ball hit Ibrahim Kibumba’s arm in the area.
In the second half, Vipers came out guns blazing but the hosts defended solidly and ten minutes into the half, a counter attack saw Kaweesa get on the ball and his attempted cross found the Shafik Bakaki’s arm and for the second time, the referee had no option but award a penalty.
This prompted Portuguese coach, Jorge Miguel Da Costa to make changes with Milton Karisa, Erisa Ssekisambu and Brian Kakaire replacing Mike Sserumaga, Deus Bukenya and Brian Nkuubi respectively but there was no change to the scores.
The win lifts Police to 10th on the log with 28 points, same as 9th placed Bright Stars but the latter has an inferior goal difference.
Vipers’ loss coupled with a point for Express off URA see them drop to 6th with 36 points.
The two-time champions are now winless in the previous three league games, conceded three and scored none.