The training which aimed at enhancing the capacity of the country’s security officials especially those within the airport and borders was funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the end of the eight days training, participants were awarded certificates for participating in the training.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Sten Boder, head of Estonian Police said the training is essential as participants were trained on how to detect unauthentic documents and also to deal with human trafficking, while urging the participants to make good use of the skills learned during the training.
The training, he said, has come at the right time. “In fact, the training is important to both the European Union and The Gambia government, as they both want to completely halt human trafficking and smuggling.”
For her part, Fatou Jallow, acting director of Human Resource at GCAA said: “The training would enhance the capacity of GCAA personnel in our quest to stop smuggling of persons and also to identify fraud documents among others at the airport. Therefore, it is significant that the participants take the lessons learned from the training seriously and implement what they learn during the training,” she emphasised, and commended the European Union and the Estonia government for the support.
Speaking on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Commissioner Pateh Jallow added: “The training is timely given the fact that the world faces a lot of security challenges. We commend the Estonian Police for enhancing the skills of security operations of The Gambia in the area of documenting, profiling and identifying crimes.”