By Tabora Bojang
The Community Policing Unit (CPU) of the Gambia Police Force is embarking on a community sensitisation on the roles and responsibilities of community officers and the importance of community policing.
At an event held at the Serekunda Market on Tuesday, Superintendent Lamin Jaiteh said the objective of focusing on market vendors is to create “proper and pro-active policing mechanisms to empower communities in inclusive policing issues to enable them understand their duties and responsibilities”.
He said the police want to share information with community members to fight crimes and build proper collaboration and understanding with the community members, especially on the misused concept of democracy saying, “Democracy is not about violence, insecurity or insulting each other but is a collective partnership for development, respect the rule of law and human rights”.
Serekunda Market Association president, Sainey Faye, urged vendors to observe and abide by the rules of the police officers in the market while calling for concerted efforts to enhance effective service delivery and the work of the police in curbing crimes in the market.
Faye thanked the GPF Community Policing Unit for giving them the opportunity to share their opinions while assuring the vendors of their full support and cooperation.
Abdoulie Gaye, a market vendor said the police are contributing greatly to national development efforts by reducing the crime rate in The Gambia. He appealed to all Gambians and non-Gambians to respect the rules of the police.