The Gambia Police Force on Monday 3rd July 2017 received a donation of eleven Mountain Bicycles from Dutch philanthropists Mr. Nicolas Mitchen and Mr. Harco De Blauw.
During the presentation ceremony, Mr. Nicolas, a retired Police Superintendent in the Netherlands, stated that he has been coming to the Gambia for years and fell in love with the country, especially with the country’s Police Force.
According to him, this gesture is a collective effort of him and Mr. Harco who is the facilitator back home in Holland.
He further stated that after realizing the efforts of the Force in combating and curbing crimes and criminal activities under very tedious circumstances, they saw the need to complement her efforts in the crusade. Thus, they thought of approaching the Police Chief in Gelgerland Police Division (Holland) to help provide police materials to the Gambia Police Force. He further stated that these bikes will help reduce patrol problems for the police and assured the Police high command that this is just the beginning of a close relationship between them and the Gambia Police Force.
In receiving the bikes, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Alhagie Mamour Jobe speaking on behalf of the Inspector General of Police Landing Kinteh, referred to the gesture as very timely. He promised the donors of the judicious use of the donated items to meet the purpose they are donated for.
He further stated that it is part of the vision of the new police command to partner with people and institutions both home and abroad to move the Gambia Police Force to the next level and at the end of the tunnel there should be a win-win situation for all.
According to DIG Jobe, Government alone cannot meet all the demands of its institution, therefore, collaborative efforts such as this one is highly appreciated by the Gambia Police Force.
The ceremony, which was attended by some members of the senior management team of the Gambia Police Force and other ranks of the police, was chaired by the Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Foday Conta who also echoed similar sentiments of the DIG.