By Omar Wally

The Community Policing Unit of The Gambia Police Force on Thursday, September 21, 2017, sensitized the community of Brufut on community policing.

The event which brought together the youth and elders of the village, was organized by the Community Policing Unit of The Gambia Police Force in collaboration with the Human Rights unit, Complaint and Discipline Unit as well as the Press and Public Relations Office.

Alh Ma-Lamin Manneh, Alkalo of Brufut village, said events like this one will raise awareness amongst members of the communities and the country as a whole. He appealed to the office of the Inspector General of Police through the visiting team to embark on more nationwide sensitization programs and events like the one held in Brufut.

Officer Commanding Community Policing Unit, Superintendent Lamin Jaiteh, stressed the need for community policing to be re-enforced and strengthened in communities. He tasked communities to establish community policing structures for its implementation at the grass root. He said community policing is one of the surest ways of making the Gambia a crime free country adding that there is need for the community to share timely and relevant information with the Police.

Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Foday Conta, emphasized on the negative effects of criminal activities and the use of illicit drugs by mainly the youth.

PRO Conta, said criminal activities and the use of illicit drugs leads to the imprisonment of many of the youthful population or gradually drive them to insanity.

ASP Conta advised the community to be very vigilant and be aware of the happenings in their environment so as to quickly report crimes and criminal activities to the police as that is the only way to combat crime.

Conta reminded them and the satellite villages that they have an important role to play in the security and policing of their communities. “That peace building and security should be the business of all since the police cannot do it all alone.”