UNODC organizes Training of Trainers Course on Investigations and Detection of Cross-Border Crime in The Gambia

Funded by Germany

Given the continued threat posed by illicit drug trafficking and organized crime to the security and development of The Gambia and the unique challenges that law enforcement officers face on a daily basis, there is a need to ensure that they are continuously equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to perform their duties. To strengthen the capacity of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency of The Gambia (DLEAG) and develop a pool of in-house trainers, UNODC organized a Training of Trainers (ToT) Course on Investigations and Detection of Cross-border Crime, from 10 to 21 September in Banjul, The Gambia.

Funded by the Government of Germany's Federal Foreign Office, the course is designed to introduce criminal intelligence analysts and field investigators of DLEAG to the substantive topics and teaching skills/methods to deliver training workshops on detection, investigation, profiling and surveillance of cross-border crime to both their colleagues and new recruits.

Fifteen (15) DLEAG officers are participating in the two-week course, which is being led by Mr. Andrew Thompson and Mr. Giles Boyling, two UK specialists in the field of police and training with decades of experience in criminal investigations and intelligence gathering.

An official opening ceremony was held on 11 September 2018, which was attended by Mr. Louis Moses Mendy, Deputy Permanent Secretary (DPS) of the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Bakary Gassama, Director General of DLEAG, Mrs. Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, United Nations Resident Coordinator in The Gambia and Mrs. Anita Martin, Head of the Liaison Office for The Gambia of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dakar.

Opening Ceremony of the Training of Trainers Course in Banjul.

In his remarks, the DPS of the Ministry of Interior highlighted that "we welcome any gesture that will help reorient and prepare our law enforcement officers in terms of capacity building and equipment support to respond adequately to the illegal and clandestine activities of drug trafficking organizations."

The training course will allow participants to understand theories and models of learning, develop training and lesson plans, use teaching methods and visual aids, prepare and deliver presentations and lead a training with effective communication skills. It serves as the foundation for future training and mentoring in this field.

This initiative is part of the UNODC project " Enhancing national capacities to detect and investigate cross-border organized crime in The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal," which was launched in December 2017 following a sub-regional consultation with representatives of law enforcement agencies of The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. The project specifically seeks to provide assistance through mentoring, theoretical and practical training to both high-rank officials and front-line law enforcement officers from relevant national institutions with a mandate in the fight against organized crime.

Recognizing the difficulty of managing land, air and sea borders, in the framework of its Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020) and of its contribution to the common goal under SDG 16 « Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions », UNODC has set the objective to promote proactive policing by developing an intelligence-based approach to law enforcement. It further seeks to improve inter-agency coordination and cross-border cooperation with a view to disrupt and dismantle activities of transnational organized crime networks involved in the broad spectrum of illicit trafficking, money laundering and serious crimes and its interlink with terrorism groups.

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UNODC launches new cross-border initiative between The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal