A total number of 40 officers of the Police Intervention Unit graduated after a month-long training at a ceremony held at the PIU grounds today Friday 23rd April 2021.
The training which was conducted and funded by the German Police Support Team in the Gambia exposed officers to best practices in Public Order Management. Relevant modules such as basic tactics, leadership, and command, election security, democratic rights, as well as intelligence gathering, were covered during the sessions.
Deputizing the Inspector General of Police, Momodou Sowe the Deputy Inspector General of Police expressed sincere appreciation and gratitude to the German Police Support Team and the Government of Germany for the continuous support and partnership. He challenged the officers to make good use of the opportunity and translate knowledge gathered into efficient service delivery.
Other speakers included the Deputy Coordinator of the GPST, Mr. Steffen Haas, chargé d'affaire German Embassy in Dakar, Ms. Isabel Bloch, Senior Project Coordinator GPST, Mr. Sven Stadtrecher.
Ms. Bloch commended the confidence of the police officers and their courage for seeking support from the Baden Wurttemberg state police for capacity building to better serve the people of The Gambia. She underscored the importance of the concluded training after 20 plus years of dictatorship. She said the training will equip the officers to observe the rule of law, uphold human rights, and freedom of assembly which are all hallmarks of democratic societies.
The ceremony was also attended by development partners including Spanish Guardia Civil, the Regional Security Officer US Embassy, the French Security Adviser, Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission, and the Project Manager GIZ Police Programme in the Gambia.