UK police officer meets Senegambians in London

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tracy Gunn, a renowned police officer based in London, covering Newham Borough, has told The Point that it was an honour to meet the Senegambian community and have the opportunity to address its congregation during the Eid celebration commonly known as Tobaski.

Senegambians in Europe are known for being law-abiding, hardworking and highly ambitious.  They engaged themselves in various fields, both professional and low-skilled jobs, as well as in the field of education and arts.

Gunn, who has been a police officer for over 26 years, currently holds the role of Faith and Communities Officer.

However, the London officer, who has been very pragmatic in her approach and dealings with the community, noted that she was very pleased to interact with Senegambians.

She said: ‘’In essence, I have responsibility to all religions and to provide a point of contact for them with local police.’’

Regarding the essence of advice and guidance, she noted: ‘’The job itself varies greatly from attending a community fun day to endeavouring to solve an internal dispute within an establishment; providing advice and guidance, identifying crime and disorder that affect faith groups and the wider community, as well as provide a personal working link into the police.”

Gunn, who disclosed that she has been in this particular role for years now, added that ‘’there is never a dull day on such a busy borough.’’ 

Further responding to this correspondent, she also revealed that she became aware of the Senegambian community about six months ago, having been introduced to by Alieu Jagne.

She said: ‘’Jagne is passionate about his community and inclusion within Newham’s diverse demographics. He kindly invited me to the Eid celebrations at East Ham.’’

Jagne, whose organisation is known as Compassionate Funerals, is an active, influential and dedicated member of The Gambia mosque and community in his area.

It is important to note that officers working around the clock in the busy capitals of Europe, including London, Paris and Berlin are protecting and serving thousands of people, including those living and working within the city, as well as visitors.

However, in the UK, they operate under strict code of ethics and policing principles, including standards of professional behaviour. It includes accountability, fairness, honesty, integrity, respect and courtesy.

As a matter of fact, Senegambian elders and parents across Europe are relentless in constantly advising their young ones, as well as mentoring them to be law-abiding citizens, of which they are highly regarded for.

Officer Gunn is also optimistic as she concluded: ‘’I look forward to continuing our working relationship as we move forward.’’

Author: Alhagie Mbye, The Point’s Europe Correspondent
Source: Picture: Tracy Gunn, a renowned police officer based in London