The Police deserve some commendation

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Once again, we have witnessed another killing incident in which the culprits tried to escape justice by sneaking into another country for safe haven but through the tireless effort and prudence of the Gambia Police Force (GPF), in close collaboration with their Senegalese counterparts, the suspect has, as revealed by the Police, been traced and apprehended.

We must therefore commend the GPF for this effort, which speaks volumes of their professionalism, cordiality with their counterparts in the sister Republic of Senegal, as well as their knack to ensuring justice always prevails.

Having said that, it is very important that the Gambia Police Force further tightens its belts to curtail, forestall and prevent such incidents of killing and any other heinous crimes taking place in society.

The new dispensation in The Gambia should not have its history tainted with scandalous crimes all over the place, or be described as synonymous with gangsterism or social violence. That would be bad record to tell.

The Police, who are the long arm of the law, should be more vigilant in the communities to discourage violence and troublesome happenings in the land.

The night checks and patrols of security officers must go on unabated to scare away violence in the midst of the people. It is said the backing dog scares away the thief.

Therefore the presence of the police and other law-enforcement forces is the presence of security in our midst. 

So far we can say our security apparatus in this country have over the years proved to be competent and professional in discharging their duties of providing security for the nation. So they deserve our commendation but we should never be complacent or rest on our laurels, as crimes and crime rates are like pathogens that continue to increase and infest a room or an environment where there are no detergents. 

The efforts invested by the Gambia Police Force in tracking down the killer suspect of Badou Kebbeh is worthy of commendation. And we therefore encourage them to continue the good work.

At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.

Jodi Rell