Inspector General of Police has said that internal security and protection are
related to crime prevention and public order management.
They constitute a significant part of the economy and security sector of any developing country, such as The Gambia.
They have immediate impact on the number of development related factors, such as economic growth, and the overall feelings of public safety.
The IGP was represented by the Commissioner of Police, Ebrima Bah, at the training of private security officials, held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel recently.
The IGP said that economic growth could only be realised when people are assured of security and feel safe to operate in economic related activities.
The presence of security guards to a large extent makes people feel safe, said the IGP.
According to the IGP, the Government would find it challenging to provide security personnel at all business centres at all times.
He noted that private security companies’ provision of security to some commercial centres, local residents and individuals is helping government and its security institutions to concentrate more in core responsibilities.
“Private security companies provide employment opportunities to many Gambians. Many Gambian youths are earning their daily living, thanks to the existence of private security companies,” the IGP further stressed.
“From the security perspective, this has contributed to mitigation of crime as many of those employed would concentrate on their work, rather than being engaged in illegal means of getting sustenance,” he stated
Momodou Cham, senior Army Commander, who represented the CDS, said that private security companies play a vital role in the development of the security of this nation.
“Private securities prevent lives from being tortured and killed every day,” he said.
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Interior, Bully Dibba, said that change comes with certain efforts, such as freedom, adding that it should be guided with dedication and honesty.
PS Dibba said they have collaborated with the private security companies and service chiefs to be advocators of peace.