GIS - 18 July, 2018: The Maritime Air Squadron (MAS) of the National Coast Guard based at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Plaisance celebrated its 28th anniversary yesterday in the presence of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Mario Nobin and other personalities.
In his address, Police Commissioner Nobin highlighted that the MAS has since its creation ensured security of the country, hence constitutes a pride of the nation. The MAS, he said, has stepped up its efforts and increased its strength and capacity in its service delivery to meet multiple challenges over the years.
He added that the authorities will ensure that the MAS continues to be better equipped by increasing its assets and workforce so that it can deal with maritime threats, in particular illicit drug trafficking occurring in the seas. He also observed that the integrity and honesty of the officers are complementary to the resources of the institution, adding that to uncover and dismantle criminality in all its forms, the commitment and discipline of the workforce remain a prerequisite.
The Commissioner recalled that the MAS, through new acquisitions, has achieved further operational worthiness and effectiveness that has enabled it to provide a greater surveillance cover over the vast Exclusive Economic Zone of Mauritius and create a better and easier communication to and from the outer islands of Mauritius namely Agalega and Rodrigues.
Speaking about the eradication of scourges in Mauritius, Mr Nobin highlighted that the conjoint efforts of family institutions and the society together with that of the Police Force are essential. He urged parents to impart the necessary values to their children so that they grow up as responsible citizens and abstain from committing illegal acts.
On that score, he recalled that through its Social Outreach Programme, the Police Force aims to go beyond the enforcement of laws to better guide youngsters towards playing constructive roles in society, through activities such as scouting.
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