Police Middle Management Capacitated by KAIPC
By C/Inspt. Mariama I Fatty
This is the fourth time, The Gambia Police Force is benefiting from a two week intensive capacity building from The Kofi Annan International Peace keeping Centre (KAIPC) with support from The Federal Republic of Germany. The training was in two folds, all conducted simultaneously. Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Police Middle Management Course (PMMC) from the 5th to 16 November 2018 at Paradise Suit Hotel coordinated by the office of Policy Planning / Training Coordinator.
The training which was geared towards cementing the relationship between the police and the general public, to boost the professional standards of police in handling the public, information sharing, respect for rule of law among others.
Assistance Inspector General of Police Ebrima Bah on behalf of the Inspector General of Police did the opening remarks. He first expressed heartfelt gratitude to the management of KAIPC for the tireless support they are rendering to The Gambia Police Force from diverse fields of study ranging from Police Reform Cooperation and Coordination (PRCC), Police Oversight and Accountability (POA), Managing Change in Police Reform (MCPR), Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Police Middle Management Course (PMMC) respectively. He added that the training will equip police officers with the necessary skills and knowledge to positively respond to the dynamic challenges in the new dispensation. Furthermore, he urged all the trainees to take the training with maximum seriousness most especially those doing the PMMC as they serve as supervisors between those in the senior cadre and the junior cadre and as well as to put the knowledge gained into good use.
On his part the training coordinator, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ousman Abdul Razak, thanked the management of KAIPC for approving the training of thirty Senior Police officers on SSR and thirty officers on PMMC. He complimented the efforts of AIG Bah for ensuring that both courses were successfully conducted.
The trainees were introduced to the following concept: Conflict Management, Gender Mainstreaming, Management and Leadership styles, Operational plans, Community Based Policing, Strategic Management, Stress Management, Police media relations among others.
In his closing remarks Assistant Inspector General of Police Demba Sowe on behalf of the IGP challenged the participant to showcase highest standards of professionalism in the due execution of their duties at all times. He further stated that th e importance of constant training and capacity building of police officers cannot be over emphasized since the demand on policing in the new dispensation will be on the increased. He finally reminded the participants to demonstrate the principle of democratic policing in their day to day policing.