Community Policing: UNDP and GPF partnering to restore Public trust in Police

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia Police Force and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Tuesday held a conference to strengthen the concept of community policing in The Gambia.

The two partners intend to apply the civil-security approach to enhance a safer and secure community through a judicious security service delivery.

Although the state bears the primary responsibility for peace and security, UNDP and the Police believe that support from non-state actors, such as the Civil Society Organisations, and the private sector is critical in sustaining the peace and stability of a country.

The UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Nessie Golakai Gould said The Gambia Police Force suffered reputational harm during the former regime, due to allegations of gross human right violations against the people.

She said the police has since been working to towards restoring public confidence on its service delivery.

Speaking on behalf of Inspector General of Police, Commander Ebrima Bah said community policing was formally introduced in The Gambia in 2005 but the idea could not yield the desired results. He touched on some of the key mission of the police in the light of civilian engagement.

Community policing is a strategy aimed at achieving more effective crime control, reducing fear of crime, and improving police service and legitimacy.

In a tripartite collaboration between the Ministry of Interior, West Africa Network for Peace Building, and the United Nations Development Programme, a national Conflict Development Analysis in response to challenges in Gambia’s transitional process.

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