By Adama Tine
DCAF Geneva Centre for Security Sector Reform Banjul office on Friday after a long week of intensive training centered on crisis management and critical incidence response certified 30 senior officials of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) at a ceremony held at NaNA conference hall.
The training was said to have been part of the support to The Gambian Security Sector Reform Process and was funded by the European Union.
Ken Isaac,Head of DCAF office Banjul, said his office dedicated to improving human and state security through strengthening democratic governance, rule of law and respect for human rights.
“The DCAF project is designed to support the Security Sector Reform process in The Gambia in close collaboration with The Gambia Police Force,” he disclosed.
European Union Ambassador to The Gambia Corrado Pampalino, revealed that since the reestablishment of democracy in The Gambia at the beginning of 2017, EU has mobilized to assist The Gambia in reforming the national security sector, from budget support allocated directly to the state of The Gambia.
He said EU firmly believes that this is the moment for transformational change for the security sector in The Gambia and if the country manages to transform from an abusive security system into one that respects and protects human rights of its population, then we can call The Gambia transition a success story.
Mr. Corrado added that the project is organized along two main lines of intervention; firstly to support the government in its efforts to launch a deep and inclusive security sector reform process and to enhance its internal oversight by state and non-state actors.
Momodou Sowe, Deputy Inspector General of Police thanked tlDCAF Gambia office for not only supporting the formation of the technical working groups but also for facilitating many of such capacity building programs for the GPF over the past two years as part of the Security Sector Reform Process and capacity building engagements.
He also thanked EU for providing the funding and all other logistics needed for the successful implementation of these projects