Sanyang, deputy Inspector General of Police has said that The Gambia Police
Force (GPF) often lacks the capacity for fulfilling tasks properly due to
inadequate training and overall lack of capacity in the areas of policing and
Deputy IGP Sanyang made these remarks on behalf of the Inspector General of Police during the opening of a three-day human rights training for 30 police officers organised by the NHRC in partnership with the Peace Building Support Office, Office of the High Commission for Human Rights and the UN Transitional Justice Project Management Unit under the umbrella of UNDP.
He added that in addition, human rights and the rule of law were not adequately embedded in the police in the past although steps were taken to create a human rights and complaints unit within The Gambia Police Force.
He stated that this somehow has created a climate of mistrust with people often perceiving the police force as a threat rather than a protector of their lives and property.
“As a management, we are working significantly to improve and equip our human rights unit to be able to take up the modern challenges of policing a democracy,” he remarked, saying such a training will support the GPF in its efforts to build and develop the institutional and individual capacities as well as enable them extend basic policing services and functions, perform their core responsibilities of maintaining internal security and law and order, serving and protecting citizens.
He said it is the responsibility of the police force to work closely with relevant stakeholders to re-establish security and the rule of law.
“The development or reform of the security sector is extremely important for the consolidation of democracy, rule of law, peace and promotion of stability,” he declared, adding that people’s lives were complicated by uncertainties, often damaged by the excesses of the previous regime which led to a plethora of rights violations caused by the weakness of state institutions to maintain law and order.
He thanked the organisers for the training which is expected to contribute to the improvement of peace and security in The Gambia as well as strengthen the delivery of capacity building programme of the GPF.
According to him, the training will help provide a good understanding of domestic, regional and international human rights frameworks and standards that are expected of police officers in fulfilling their obligations in the discharge of their duties.