As part of its proactive policing strategies, the Gambia Police Force (GPF) Tuesday provided political parties on the campaign trail with detailed security to help mitigate and manage any potential security concern that may emerge.
Each presidential candidate has been provided with a platoon of police personnel from the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) during their country-wide campaign throughout the country.
This is inline with the context of a well defined elections security operational plan, which details activities before, during and post elections.
Activities before the elections, included several trainings and orientations provided for personnel in a bid to develop their skills in elections security, crisis management, critical incidents response and public order management, among others.
A clear indication is the maturity and professionalism with which the nomination security operations were executed.
However, it is important to note that, the deployment of security personnel is necessary as a proactive approach to ensuring maintenance of law and order within the electoral process.
This initiative offers credence to the constitutionality of the importance of the police in electoral processes globally.