Dec 3, 2008, 5:49 AM
As many as 121 police trainees among whom were nine women and 20 agents of the Drug Squad with three women, yesterday passed out in a colourful ceremony held at the Police Academy in Yundum, after undergoing an intensive training.
The ceremony was graced by the Commissioner of Operations, Omar Jawo, who represented the Inspector- General of Police and other service chiefs.
Speaking at the occasion, Inspector Kebba Bojang, Chief Instructor at the Police Academy revealed that the training started on 11th August 2009, and is happy that it had completed within 111 days, which he said is the first of its kind in a period of ten years.
The Chief Instructor Bojang commended the graduating recruits for their performance, noting that they stand out the best.
Essa Sarr, the Commissioner of Administration, National Drug Enforcement Agency, speaking on behalf of his Executive Director expressed delight, saying that the police are not a Boys Scout Association. He urged them to be loyal, and to serve the community to the best of their abilities.
"Our commitment is to protect lives and properties, do not fold your hands but work hard each day," he told them.
Chief Superintendent Camara, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Western Region, speaking on behalf of the IGP reiterated that police's role is to serve the public.
"When we put on the uniform we should not see ourselves as angels. We should subdue to our seniors as no one was forced to join the police but through your free will," he said.
"Your back has the missing component. Loyalty is the order of the day; we have to be loyal to the government. Do not only arrest, but also solve problems. Discipline is the key," he said.
PC 160 Karamo Saidykhan was chosen as the "best all rounder recruit," while Marabi Touray emerged the "best in firing."