A three-week training on the “Special Response Course” for 40 officers from the Police Response Unit (PIU) of the Gambia Police Force (GPF), ended Thursday at the Police Response Unit headquarters. intervention of the police in Kanifing.
The 4th edition of the training was organized by the Police High Command in conjunction with the German Police Support Team (GPST) in The Gambia.
After sweaty and grueling weeks, participants received certificates of completion and a badge on May 26, 2022 that distinguishes them as PIU Special Response Unit (SEU) personnel.
According to the instructors, the essence of the training was for PIU officers to be able to act comprehensively and effectively, especially during violent protests, while respecting democratic principles.
Speaking earlier, Steffen Haas, the training coordinator, said that of the 40 officers, three women took part in the intensive training.
The head of the GPST explained that during this training, which is preceded by an aptitude test, the participants were trained on many skills and tactics that are used by the police in Germany; that trainings on protecting and escorting peaceful protesters, prosecuting violent groups, self-defense and arresting individuals have all been addressed.
PIU Commissioner Adeline Basangeh praised the good cooperation between Baden-Württemberg and Gambia police, as well as the discipline of all participating police officers.
He stressed the importance of respecting national and international rights in order to live up to democratic principles.
The GPST announced that in the second half of 2022, 80 selected SIU members will have the opportunity to participate in a new training course, ranging from raids, house searches and evidence preservation, among other specialized skills.
The German Police Support Team in The Gambia is a bilateral development assistance capacity building project, framed by a joint declaration of intent between the Ministries of Interior of the Republic of The Gambia and the Federal State German from Baden-Württemberg.
Implementing partner agencies are The Gambia Police and Baden-Württemberg State Police and since 2018 the project aims to build capacity and professionalise the Gambia Police.