Panafrican News Agency

Estonian Police and border guard board donates unused uniforms to Gambian authorities

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Estonian Police and Border Guard Board has donated 10,000 unused uniforms worth $332,160.99 to their Gambian colleagues, the board's press officer, Annika Maksimov, confirmed here on Friday.

He said the items included safety vests, outerwear jackets, trousers, hats, shirts, fleece jackets, vests, uniform jackets and belts. The donation was handed over to the local authorities at Banjul Airport.

“Hopefully they will find a new life as a donation so that the local Gambian cooperation partners can put them to good use. The Gambian authorities are excellent partners for other countries and by donating uniforms we can help improve their response capacity,” said Tarmo Viikmaa, Leading Law Enforcement Officer of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

He said the uniforms will be used by officials of the Gambia immigration department, the Gambia police force, the Gambia civil aviation authority, aviation security and the Gambia ministry of health.

The project is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from development and humanitarian aid funds.

Under the partnership, Estonian police trained in July Gambian officials to identify falsified documents and detect people smugglers.

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