TANGO training POLICE officers on Human Rights Issues

The protection and fulfillment of human rights rests primarily with the State as enshrined in Section 17 of the Gambia Constitution 1997. In the enforcement of human rights, the role of the law enforcement agency as protectors is paramount.

Participants doing a recap.

It is in recognition of this constitutional role of the police in observing the rule of law that TANGO seeks to contribute to the building of the capacity of the Gambia Police Force on human rights. By enhancing the knowledge and skills of the Gambia Police Force on human rights and its values and standards, we would be contributing further to the improvement of the professionalism of the police. In this way, not only will the police be able to detect and prevent crime, but would have also obtained the necessary popular support and cooperation in the combat against drugs, crimes and terrorism among others.

In light of the foregoing, TANGO, with funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) invited officers of the Gambia Police Force to undergo a five-days training workshop on human rights at the TANGO Secretariat at Fajara from the 13 – 17 April 2015.

ASP Sonko and colleagues discussing.