GIS - 21 July, 2014: The Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, called upon the newly recruited police constables to be honest and show integrity in their day to day work without any fear or favour, which according to him, is the only way to deal with any problem in the country.
He was speaking during the passing out parade for some 976 newly appointed police constables on Saturday at the Gymkhana Sports Complex, Vacoas.
The PM congratulated the recruits and reminded them of their new responsibilities for according to him, the profession of a police officer is a noble one which is to serve the public and be in the frontline to uphold law and order. This is not like any job, he stressed adding that they are conferred authority, but it is vital to be careful not to abuse this authority. He also appealed to them to earn the respect from the public and said that he will not tolerate any disrespect shown to any police officer. The relationship between the police and the community must be based on mutual trust, he added.
Dr Ramgoolam also expressed his satisfaction that out of the total recruits 110 are from Rodrigues and 162 women, which he said, is in line with the policy of the Government to have more Rodriguans police officers to better serve Rodrigues and also to have more women police constables to deal with complaints from women.
According to the Prime Minister, the police needs constant and proper training. On this score, he pointed out that Government has placed training at the heart of the police officers career path. He also announced a series of projects geared towards strengthening the police force among which, the setting up of a crime occurrence tracking system, an integrated development project for the National Coast Guard and the police academy.
The trainee police constables, including from Rodrigues, who participated in the passing out parade come from the Police Training School of Beau-Bassin; the Police Training School of Les Casernes, Curepipe; the Special Mobile Force Centralised Training Wing; the National Coast Guard Marine Training Establishment; and the Special Support Unit Training Wing. All of them have successfully completed the 24-week foundation course before being inducted to the Mauritius Police Force.
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