least forty senior officers of The Gambia Police Force sub-division of Police
Intervention Unit (PIU), who were trained on public order management by the
French Police, have graduated, last week.
The two-week intensive training seeks to enhance the capacity of The Gambia Police Force investigation unit.
Lamin Njie, public relations officer of The Gambia Police Force explained that the advent of the New Gambia in 2017 has increased the demand for police services, but that has not reflected in the amount of equipment and manpower available.
“It is public knowledge that adequate training, mobility, equipment and other resources continues to limit our ability to reduce crime and handle order in the country,” he said.
PRO Njie noted that knowledge gained from the training would help in the response capacity to effectively manage public order and to consolidate democracy, development and security.
Abdoulie Sanyang, Deputy Inspector General of Police outlined that for the police to render proper and standard service to the public, they will have to be well trained to be able to maintain the rule of law.
He also reminded the officers that they must utilise and share the skills they learnt during the training with their colleagues.
French Ambassador to The Gambia, Joel Godeau said one of the main criteria of democracy is to attain professionalism and priority of the police.
“You must have the ability to use force with restraint and the ability to understand the exact boundaries between protecting the people and protecting yourselves and abiding by the law.”
He promised that the French government would remain committed to supporting The Gambia’s new democratic dispensation, saying there is no democracy without a better police.
Yankuba Sonko, the advisor to the Minister of Interior reminded the officers that they should possess some fundamental principles such as legality, necessity and accountability which should guide their actions as they render their services.