GIS - 19 October, 2015: A Passing out Parade for 644 Trainee Police Constables enlisted in April 2015 was held on Saturday 17 October 2015 at the Gymkhana Sports Complex in Vacoas. The Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, was the chief guest at the ceremony.
In his keynote address, Sir Anerood Jugnauth exhorted the recruits to perform their duty with sincerity and professionalism and cautioned them to keep the department’s standards high. Their effectiveness in ensuring the safety and security of the country and upholding the law of the land and sea, he said, will increase the level of trust in the Police. He added that from an international standpoint, these conditions will bolster Mauritius’ image as a peaceful country and hence reassure the international community and investors.
He said that one should discharge one’s duties in a disciplined and efficient manner, while being guided by values such as honesty, integrity and loyalty. He also appealed to the new recruits to remain committed and dedicated to the core policing tasks of ensuring the prevalence of public peace and law and order.
Speaking about real policing challenges, the Prime Minister recalled that crime is a universal phenomenon which is growing more and more complex every day particularly with the impact of globalisation and technological advancements. He reiterated Government’s commitment to guarantee security and law and order to the citizens of Mauritius and foreigners, as spelt out in the strategic Policing Plan 2015-2018.
In a bid to ensure better service delivery and increased operational effectiveness, several measures have been taken to provide the Mauritius Police Force with state of the art equipment. These include: acquisition of 18 Light Armoured Personnel carriers, three new helicopters and one new Dornier aircraft; and setting up of a criminal database. Other measures in the pipeline are the drafting of a modern legal framework modelled on the UK Police and Criminal Evidence Act to regulate the powers of the Police; setting up of a Police Academy; and installation of CCTV and audio recording systems at police stations.
New Recruits-The Training
The 644 Trainee Police Constables, who participated in the Passing out Parade, have followed a 27-week intensive training comprising both theoretical and practical sessions. The theoretical aspect includes police procedures, administration, and law and order procedures while the practical aspect focuses on weapon training, techniques of arrest, physical training and self defense, amongst others. The trainees have also participated for the first time in community service. The objective was to develop team spirit among them, to maintain a good relationship in the community, to enhance socialisation and to promote a clean and healthy environment in the workplace.
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