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The Gambia Police Force (GPF) is part of the Ministry of the Interior. The GPF is commanded by an Inspector General of Police who is assisted by a Deputy Inspector General, Administrative and the Regional Commissioners. It has its headquarters located at Banjul, the capital city of The Gambia.


The Gambia Immigration Department used to be a unit under the Gambia Police Force but was carved from the Gambia Police Force or in order words become autonomous in 1992 by a Cabinet memorandum. This came as a result of an increasing demand to tackle challenges that poses Immigration matters. There and then the Immigration officers are charged with the responsibilities of enforcing and interpreting the various acts and laws connected to the movement of people coming in, within and outside the Gambia which of course includes the protection of life and property. The prevention and detection of offence committed against the Immigration act, the maintenance of law and order and the prosecution of offenders against the peace.


The Gambia Prisons Service (GPS) is responsible for the safe custody of prisoners, as well as their welfare, reformation and rehabilitation. It is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior. The GPS has a mandate to perform three main functions. These are:

• Ensuring safe custody of prisoners and execution of sentences in a humane manner.

• Ensuring the welfare of prisoners through protection of their rights

• providing them with good health care, clothing, bedding, feeding, recreation, and library facilities, among other amenities

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About The Gambia

The Gambia (West Africa) is a small country with an area of 4,000 square miles or 10,295 sq. km and has its capital at Banjul.

It is surrounded on all its borders by Senegal except on the Atlantic Ocean coast.

The nation is located at the most western edge of the continent.

It is the smallest country on main land Africa.

At one time or another in history it was a part of the great Empires of West Africa.

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