GIS - 27 July, 2018: All your efforts should be geared towards creating a safer Mauritius, while at the same time upholding the credibility and image of the Police. The legitimacy of the Police Force and the respect you earn from the community hinge on your ability to work in the best interest of the organisation. You should at all times be professional in all your actions and offer quality services to our citizens and visitors alike.
This statement was made yesterday at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture, Phoenix, by the Minister Mentor, Minister of Defense and Rodrigues, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, on the occasion of the 251st anniversary of the Mauritius Police Force. Addressing senior Police Officers, Sir Anerood Jugnauth exhorted them to be the masters of their undertakings and to work smarter. This entails a shift from the traditional ways of policing and moving away from routine and complacency. This much needed paradigm shift will no doubt enhance your ability to foresee future threats and policing challenges and also forecast your actions, he added.
The Minister Mentor urged senior Police Officers to display a higher sense of commitment and leadership as well as to serve as role models to junior staff. As guardian of discipline, he said, they should bolster ethical conduct and ensure that no attempt is made to soil the reputation of the Police Force. He pointed out that discipline and commitment are the bedrock of any successful Police organisation adding that they should display inspirational and visionary leadership in their respective Division.
Speaking about the various aspects of policing as well as the challenges facing the Police especially in a dynamic and multi-cultural country like Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth underlined that the Government has remained committed to promoting equal opportunities for all, fighting all forms of crimes and corruption and other unlawful activities which would otherwise plague the society and threaten social harmony.
He emphasised that his resolve, insistence and perseverance towards achieving Government’s vision of making Mauritius a better and safer place remain unshattered. The zero tolerance approach to fight the entry of illegal drugs is also an epitome of Government’s determination to eradicate the drug scourge, he pointed out.
Referring to Government’s efforts to modernise and professionalise the Mauritius Police Force and enhance its human resource capability, the Minister Mentor highlighted the various measures put in place as well as the budgetary allocations to the Police and the implementation of several projects aimed at combating crimes, such as the Safe City Project, building the human capital through the setting up of a Police Academy and the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment.
Other measures include: construction of new Police Stations with the required amenities; equipping all Police Stations with CCTV cameras so as to protect Officers from false complaints while at the same time ensuring a human rights compliant organization; and provision of modern personal safety equipment for Officers.
Furthermore, policing activities are being streamlined through a series of measures aimed at regulating the way Police go about in its business. The Police and Criminal Justice Bill is also under preparation at the State Law Office, he underpinned.
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