By Assan Sallah
Photo of the Day:
There is a need for proper orientation for police officers to understand the importance of wearing the correct uniform of the institution they are serving.
The police officer shown in this picture, reported to be the Kanifing Mayor’s Orderly is putting on the wrong badge for his institution (PIU).
I have now confirmed that the he is a member of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) under the Gambia Police Force. Although the Kanifing Municipal Council has its own municipal police and they have their own uniform but all Mayors and Governors are provided with Orderlies from the PIU.
His Beret carries the badge of the Gambia Police Force whilst his uniform carries the Badge of the German police. Therefore, from the look of things, who can tell which institution he comes from?
I understand that in most cases, some of them privately receive uniforms in the form of gifts from friends, relatives or loved ones but they should remove the badge of foreign security services and use their institution’s badge.
Picture source: Mayor Talib Bensouda’s Facebook page.
Note: I updated the post following a confirmation of the identity of the said officer in the picture.