GPF boosted with more support from the public
By Cadet Inspector A. Jamanka & 1st cc Mariama. B. Manneh
The Gambia police force continues to benefit from the public, private and corporate institutions, as the force work towards maintaining law and order, protecting lives and properties, etc. The latest to add value to the police work, in the form of donation, is one Mr. Jason Sonko, an IT specialist based in the Gambia, who gave to the force, 10 Lexmark digital printers to boost the efficiency of the information, communication and technology of the Gambia police force.
The gesture, according to the donor will help the police, as law enforcement body in the Gambia, which will help add value to the already available structure. The donation will also help in the difficult task of ensuring the maintenance of law and order, as well as the general security and stability of the country.
Receiving the items on behalf of the police, the Inspector General of police, Alhagie Mamour Jobe, expressed heartfelt gratitude and appreciations for such a magnificent gesture. He assured that the donation will be put into good use and sustainability of the equipments will be a top priority, as far as he is concerned. Whilst thanking Mr. Sonko for his magnamity, the IGP also called on other Gambians in the position to emulate Mr. Sonko, so as to develop the Gambia in the interest of all.
IG Jobe finally buttressed that the Gambia police force is open to partnership with public and private individuals in ensuring peace, progress and prosperous society.
In a similar but separate development, the police clinic in Kanifing received a donation of medical equipments and items from the 1982 POLICE INTAKE known as KERR GI squad. Presenting the items to the IGP, Mr. Ebou Foon, an ex police officer, expressed delight on behalf of the members. He noted that they were able to do this, thanks to some Dutch friends, who were able to collect uniforms and surgical equipments from Europe and ship them to the Gambia.
“We are very delighted today to hand over this little donation to the police; we hope this will go a long way in adding value to the police clinic” Mr. Foon noted.
The IGP recounts memories of him being a police constable, as an instructor in the training school, he said the 1982 batch were so determined and that their donations were not a surprise to him at all, whilst thanking them for the laudable initiative, he urged others to emulate them, for the interest of the Gambia.
In another development, the criminal records office at the police headquarters, recently received a donation of 15 fully equipped forensic kit boxes, from the German police support team. Speaking on behalf of the donors, at a presentation held at the force headquarters, Mr. Robert Nerud, team leader of the German police support, the donated items will not only help the police in making the Gambia, a safe haven but also go a long way in detecting crime and solving the puzzles of crime itself. He assured that the existing bilateral relationship between the Federal republic of Germany and the Gambia will be cemented for the mutual benefit of both nations.
Receiving the items, on behalf of the IGP, AIG Demba Sowe, Police Chief of Administration, hailed the German team for what he called a worthy and important donation. According to him, the items came at a time, when the forensic unit of the police is constrained with such important gadgets, noting that the donated kits will help in the lifting of fingerprints and the analysis of other biological evidences, like hair samples, cloth stains, blood samples etc.