Police investigators have commenced a nine-day capacity building training on how to tackle gender-based violence and its related problems in the country.

The training held at Khamsys training centre in Bijilo is sponsored by GIZ- German- EU support to the Gambia Police force.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Marion Popp, country component manager- police programme Africa, underscored the importance of the training, noting that the training which is one of its kind will help build capacity of both investigators and operatives of the force in ensuring quality service delivery in their work.

Dr. Popp also assured that at the end of the training, participants will immensely develop their working skills in dealing with cases of GBV.

She called for greater attention to the deliberations and thanked the Gambian police authorities for cooperation and support to the partnership.

Speaking on behalf of the IGP, AIG Demba Sowe, Crime Management Coordinator (CMC) of the Gambia Police Force hailed the Gambia -German partnership, describing it as a fruitful partnership that brought lots of development to the police.

CMC Sowe thanked police programme Africa and assured them that the training has come at no better time than this time. 

He finally urged participants to fully partake in all sessions and take full advantage of the lessons learned so as to add value to their jobs.

Other speakers at the opening ceremony included Mr. Sven Stadtrecher, Senior Project Coordinator – German Police Support Team in The Gambia (GPST).

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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