By C/Inspt Mariama I Fatty
In preparations for the forthcoming OIC meeting to be held, sometimes in November, this year, The Gambia Police Force with other Security apparatus converged at the Police Intervention Unit PIU at Kanifing on Friday 4th January 2019 for the graduation ceremony of the first batch of personnel who completed an intensive training on VIP/Close Protection and Public Order Management respectively.
The training commenced on the 19th November 2018 to 3rd January 2019. 479 personnel were selected from The Gambia Police Force, Gambia Immigration Department, Gambia Prison Services, Gambia Fire and Rescue Service, State Intelligence Service, Gambia Revenue Authority and personnel of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency. 25 Police Intervention Unit instructors and 7 State Intelligent Service instructors formed the core trainers.
Participants were introduced to intelligence gathering, types of searches ranging from individuals, houses/ premises and as well as vehicles. Furthermore, the different kinds of formations/ drill to apply in the protection of VIPs. On the other hands, Public Order Management deals with the ways and manners in which a crowd of any nature can be control.
The Organization of Islamic Conference was founded in 1967 and consists of 57 member States most of which are Muslim majority countries. It consists of 1.8 billion of the world’s population that serve as the voice for the Muslim world.
In his opening remark, Assistant Inspector General of Police for Planning and Policy/ Training Coordinator, Ebrima Bah who doubles as the Chairman of OIC Security Steering Committee stated that the Steering Committee was created in June 2018 as well as the OIC Security Plan Document which’s first phase has been implemented. He promised that other subsequent trainings are on the way to ensure successful hosting of the OIC. He finally thanked all participants for completing the training successfully without setback.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Essa Bokarr Sey the Communications Director and Head of Security of the OIC echoed the need for the security services of this great country to come under umbrella and strive for the betterment of this state. He added that our various command entrusted the entire internal security which includes the protection of the expected VIPs coming for the summit in hands of the able men and women in uniform and he believed that the expectations will be fulfilled.
Representing the Interior Minister Mr. Yankuba Sonko, who is also the adviser to the Minister showed heartfelt gratitude to the graduating batch. He further thanked them displaying maximum discipline despite logistics were provided. He added that the Steering Committee since its inception in June 2018, is doing all it can to making sure that goes on fine. He concluded that for participant to training earlier was to the best interest of the state as failing plan is obviously planning to fail. The Deputy Director of SIS made similar remarks.
For his part, the Inspector General of Police Alhagie Mamour Jobe, thanked the Steering Committee for coming up with such initiative, the able instructors who used their expertise skills in shaping us, the PIU Command for providing the ground and hosting the ceremony and as well as the graduating batch for making the training a success. He added that as duty bearers, it is our responsibility to provide, protect and fulfill the rights of the right holders. He noted that under no circumstance shall the participants break the law to make law or conduct themselves in ways and manners that will jeopardize their work or tarnish the image of their various departments. He concluded that highest standards of professionalism must be exhibited by all.