Speaking in an exclusive with the Standard, the 34 year old author said he was compelled to write the book owing to a series of challenges: ‘this is timely; I have suffered as a trainee prosecutor in the absence of (handy) materials, secondly, I thought of putting something together in paper when I saw the need to write the book’.
Chief-inspector Mballow however stressed the need to strengthen knowledge management and knowledge sharing, pointing out as a young police officer, there is no way one can excel if one does not tap knowledge from the more experienced ones. As a result, the author urged his colleagues to share knowledge with the fresh officers tasked with the responsibility of handling crucial assignments.
Chief inspector Mballow was part of what is generally referred to the ‘millennium batch’ of police force, upon completion of training, Mballow was posted at various stations within the Greater Banjul area. In 2001, Mballow was enrolled at the Gambia Technical Training Institute and received national diploma in Law. In 2004, he was posted at Serekunda as officer-in-charge of prosecutions. From 2007 to 2008, he traveled to Darfur, as part of the African mission in Sudan. In 2012, chief inspector returned to Darfur under the United Nations Mission in Darfur, where he worked under the personnel administration office. Whilst in Sudan, Mballow was admitted at Cavendish University in Uganda, where he received his LLB earlier this year.
An avid reader from a family who perform initiation rites for boys and girls in and around Fula Bantang village in the central river region. Chief-inspector Mballow is married with three children and resides in Tanji.
Debt of gratitude
Chief-inspector Mballow said he owes it to the Jammeh administration for making his dreams come true. “Honestly, it is during President Jammeh’s era that people like us started benefiting from peacekeeping operations, so I can say for the sake of the records that my participations in these missions facilitated my advanced studies and enabled me to write this book.” The author also paid homage to his mentor, Jawara Demba and the late police commissioner, Jatta Baldeh.]]>