May 18, 2012, 2:15 PM
The chairman of the meeting, Mr. Pa Habibou Mbai, said every citizen and member of the community should be like a police officer to help reduce the crime rate. He stated that the community can tackle some of its problems without the intervention of the police. He said that people should never conceal criminals in their houses and should report them to the authorities.
ASP Siray Jabang said that KMC, in collaboration with The Gambia Police Force and other departments, is of the view that the job of policing should be returned to the community. ASP Jabang went on to say that all major crimes should be reported to the police but that minor ones should be tackled at community level because police are too busy to deal with them.
The police spokesperson, ASP Sulayman Secka, told the gathering that most of the complaints lodged at the police station are minor ones and that this workload impacts negatively on the investigations of major ones. He then urged the community to play their part because theirs is a vital role. In conclusion he said it was the mandate of every member of the community to report any criminal activity to the authorities.