By Neneh Galleh Barry
Abdoulie Sanyang, the deputy Inspector General of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) said the GPF often lack the capacities for fulfilling their tasks properly due to inadequate training and overall lack of capacity in the areas of police and human rights.
He was speaking at the opening of a three days human right training for 30 police officers while deputizing for his boss. The event was held at a local hotel in Bijilo, organized by National Human Right Commission.
He said: “Human rights and the rule of law were not adequately embedded in the police in the past; however, he was quick to add that steps have been taken to create a human right and complaints unit within the GPF.”
This, he said, somehow created a climate of mistrust and people often perceive the police force as a threat rather than a protector of their lives and property.
He continued: “As a management, we are working significantly to improve and equip our human rights unit to be able to take up the modern challenges of policing a democracy,” he added
According to him such training will support the GPF in its efforts to build and develop the institutional and individual capacities and enable them to extend basic policing service.
“The training will also help us to perform our core responsibilities of maintaining internal security and law and order, while serving and protecting citizens.”
He recalled that in The Gambia, people’s lives were complicated by uncertainties, and often damage by the excesses of the previous regime which led to a plethora of rights violations caused by the weakness of state institution to maintain law and order.
“It is no doubt that, the country went through a period of dictatorship where in state institutions especially those in the security sector were paralyzed,” Sanyang stated.