The minister of
the Interior has said that his ministry would make great use of community
policing as part of efforts to curb the rate of murder cases in the country.
Responding to questions from parliamentarians on Monday, Ebrima Mballow said community policing is among the mechanisms the ministry will focus on.
Responding to a question raised by the National Assembly member for Banjul Central, Mballow said it is true that crime seems to have risen and his ministry is equally concerned over the issue.
“Honorable speaker, my ministry is equally concern over the rate of murder cases in the country.”
The minister went to explain plans his ministry has to take to mitigate the problem.
“We intend to reduce violent crimes and murder through implementation of community policing and involvement of citizen in crime prevention efforts,” he said.
To bring down the crime rate and murder cases, he said, the ministry is applying different measures to make this country safe for all.
“And we increase in monitoring intelligence gathering will intensify as well as strengthening joint security patrol both day and night,”
He said they have also increase the number of police personnel and are ordered to use powers but within the law.
“We have increase police patrol and the police shall apply powers within the laws to fight violent crimes.”
In response to a concern raised that the police patrol only on the highway instead of going inside the streets and possible crime sites, the minister said although patrols are not meant for highways, they target hot spots.
“The patrols are not meant for highways, the police identify hot spot areas, it is at those hot spot areas that they target,” he stated.
The Interior minister, however, could not provide data which shows the exact number of crimes recorded, citing that his ministry made such request but the information could not be provided at the time of request as it has be gathered from the year 2016.