By Adama Tine
The Public Relation Officers of the Gambia’s joint Security Services on Thursday conducted a follow up press briefing on the progress made, gains and challenges of the Operation Zero Crime in their efforts to regularize the current high rate of crime cases in the country.
The press briefing held at Police Headquarters in Banjul was aimed at enhancing public confidence, solicit support from the public to collaborate and partner with the security forces in the fight against crime.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Lamin Njie appealed to the public to support the Operation Zero Crime to ensure a solid partnership with the security forces and also to quickly share information about any unusual activity happening within their community which will help the police to take necessary action even before people commit crimes.
“We want to assure the Gambian public that the security services will not relent in ensuring that crime is dealt with, curtailed and reduced to the barest minimum as far as law enforcement is concerned,” he said.
According to him, Operation Zero Crime consists of all sister security services as their main activities are both vehicles and foot patrols and also vehicle checkpoints mounted at various strategic places to ensure that the emerging situation of crime perpetrated by taxi drivers is controlled. He added that Operation Zero Crime phase 2 is paying specific attention to taxi drivers involved in crime and crime related issues which is why they are focusing mainly on spot checking at various checkpoints in the country geared towards ensuring that all emerging crimes are dealt with as they come on board.
PRO Njie further said that from 16th April to 23rd May 2021, they arrested 265 individuals out of which 49 were found not connected to any crime and released immediately after being screened. 27 were arrested for drug matters and their cases have been taken to the Drug Law Enforcement Agency, The Gambia (DLEAG).
He added that eighty eight (88) individuals were arrested and sent to The Gambia Immigration Department as their cases have to do with Immigration related matters for further actions to be taken.
PRO Njie also said that others were arrested and charged with criminal offences ranging from going armed in public, breaking and stealing, possession of suspected stolen properties as well as traffic matters of which 13 have already been brought before the courts.
“Receiving stolen properties is a crime, so people must not in any way encourage buying stolen properties or keeping them in their possession because all the stolen properties taken from other people’s houses are being sold to other people which encourages petty theft,” he noted.