The Gambia Police Force has issued a statement saying it has observed with deep concern private security firms, parastatals, councils and other institutions recruiting security officers without following approval guidelines for uniform specifications.

A statement signed by the spokesman of the force Lamin Njie on Wednesday said: “The office of the Inspector General of Police has observed with deep concern, private security firms, parastatals, councils and other institutions; recruiting security officers without following approval guidelines for uniform specifications.

“In accordance with Section 18 Sub Section 1 (A, B, and C) of the Police Act Cap 18:01 Laws of the Gambia; it is part of procedural guidelines that such organizations are required to present a sample of proposed uniforms to the office of the Inspector General of Police for approval before issuance of uniforms to avoid confusion with national security services’ uniforms by the public.

“In this regard, the Office of the Inspector General of Police urges all recruiting organizations, private security firms, parastatals, councils and private individuals providing security to liaise with the Inspector General’s Office to seek approval for uniforms as specified under section 18 of the Police Act, Laws of The Gambia in order to provide security services in accordance with the Law.

“Consequently, noncompliance could result to legal actions instituted against such organizations.

“The Inspector General’s Office solicits the cooperation of the general public.”