Gambia’s new Inspector General of Police, Landing Kinteh has vowed to change the perception of the public towards law enforcement through reforms.
Kinteh decried the use of “outdated law dating back to colonial days” used for policing in The Gambia.
“We also want to change the perception of the police. We believe for one to be a police officer in a proper democracy, you must have the trust and confidence of the people,” said Kinteh.
Amnesty International said restrictive laws, such as the century old sedition law continues to curb the exercise of freedoms in the country.
Gambia’s police have been implicated in civil and human rights violations. The police are often accused of arbitrary arrests and prolonged detentions without trial.
The police have also been accused of torture, especially against political opponents of the ousted regime and journalists.
“We want to bridge that gap so that there will be effective community policing; so that people can see themselves as their own security,” Kinteh said.
The country’s homeland security minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty created a human rights unit to monitor and probe reports of misconduct and human rights violation by law enforcement officials.