GPF-Interpol conclude training on human trafficking.

The Gambia Police Force in collaboration with Interpol has on Friday, February 23th, concluded a four-day workshop on combating trafficking in human being at GPF’s Credit Union Conference Hall in Kanifing.

The event, titled “Specialized Training on Trafficking in Human Beings,” was organized by INTERPOL, within the framework of the Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) West Africa project, and funded by US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (DoS/INL).

The training aimed to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement and judiciary representatives in identifying, investigating, and prosecuting human trafficking cases.

Representatives from various Institutions within The Gambia’s Law Enforcement and Judiciary Sectors attended, reflecting a commitment to multi-sectoral collaboration. Participants were introduced to the WAPIS database, a powerful tool for enhancing cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

Speaking on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, General Abdoulie Sanyang, Commissioner Pa Alieu Jawara, Head of National Central Bureau (NCB), confirmed the support of national authorities to international police cooperation through INTERPOL channels to combat organize crime and dissolve criminal networks operating in the region.

Other speakers included Dr. Rebecca Taylor, Chief of the Political and Economic Officer of the US Embassy, The Head of EU Cooperation, Ms. Enrica Pellacani.

INTERPOL was present with two delegations: Lyon HQ and Abidjan Regional Bureau. Mr. Adamou Liman Yahaya, coordinator of the Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants unit led the delegation formed by Silvia De Rosa, Focal Point for Victim Assistance, Patrice Kouassi, Criminal Intelligence Officer, Cristian Barbieri, Policy Analyst of the WAPIS Programme and Carlos Gonzales Yepes, Country Officer for the Gambia of the WAPIS Programme.

The Gambia Police Force is committed to continued collaboration with partners and stakeholders in capacity-building of our officers.