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31 GAF personnel ends MP training

Mar 28, 2022, 12:26 PM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko

Thirty-one personnel from The Gambia Armed Force (GAF) have completed a one-month intensive training course for personnel from the Military Police (MP) under GAF. The training was led and conducted by the British Royal Military Police.

The graduation ceremony for the GAF Military Police personnel course was held at GAF training school in Fajara on Thursday.

The training aimed at enhancing participants’ skills and efficient discharge of duties and responsibilities.

It may be recalled that GAF pledged for Military Police (MP) company deployment to United Nation (UN) missions. Accordingly, the training was tailored to better equip GAF MP in fulfillment of their peacekeeping endeavors as well as improve their professionalism in the dispensation of their routine duties.

Major Wassa Camara, said training is one of the most important activities of any Armed Force, adding that intense training breeds confidence, discipline and professionalism. He noted that the need for commanders to adequately prepare and plan in anticipation of future tasks cannot be overemphasized.

Lieutenant Col. Bunja Darboe, director of admin and personnel at The Gambia Armed Forces said the training came at a time when GAF is trying to enhance the capacity of its members who are deployable on international peacekeeping missions.

He added that training is a bedrock of military career without which no mission can be accomplished, saying: “a trained mind is an asset and an untrained mind is a liability.”

He encouraged grandaunts to make best use of the knowledge gained for their future engagements, assignments and missions.

Major Abdoulie Bah, commandant of The Gambia Armed Forces Training School (GAFTS) thanked the British High Commissioner to The Gambia and Royal Military Police (RMP) from United Kingdom (UK) for making the training possible for the GAF Military Police personnel.

He said the training will go a long way in enhancing participants’ tactics, techniques and procedures.

Joshua Colebourne, deputy British High Commissioner to The Gambia said The Gambia and United Kingdom (UK) defense relationship has been long and fruitful.

He said the role of Military Police is vital to ensure good order and discipline, noting that with such trainings, systemic change can be made.

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