them everywhere, looking smart and businesslike. They are the young female
police officers. In almost all the intersections in the Greater Banjul Area,
they are the ones controlling the traffic. And they do it with gusto, clearly
enjoying the job. Their politeness and zeal are what keep them on top of the
job. No driver messes with them. They know what they are there for, and they
know how to go about it, too.
it is their youthfulness that captivates you, making you wonder how the Gambia
Police Force was able to recruit such a fine breed of women to do the job they
are doing- and excellently for that
matter. For those who commute between Banjul and Brikama on a daily basis, these
young police officers are a daily source of excitement. They are brisk about
the job, blowing the whistle whenever it is necessary. But they hardly resort
to that in that a mere wave of the hand is enough to make reckless drivers
behave themselves. For inexplicable reasons, male drivers tend to respect the
young female police officers more than they do the male ones!Two drivers got into a quarrel the other day
over the right of way right in the presence of a policeman, who appeared
helpless. But the moment a policewoman stepped in, they quickly resolved their
differences and got on with business, as usual. Could this be a reason why the
police high command decided to have them on the road? Don't laugh.
know why the police force has suddenly become so attractive to our young girls.
But we are happy to see that they are engaged in something meaningful that
contributes to the overall development of our country. Seen in this light, they
need to be motivated. Those of them who show the aptitude should be sent for
further studies. And they should be well compensated so that they don't get
induced by material gifts to do the wrong thing. When this is done, they will
become role models for others to take up a career in the service. And
hopefully, we shall sooner or later, preferably sooner, have a female Inspector
General of Police.