GIS - 01 August, 2018: The Police Academy will soon become a reality and will propel the Mauritius Police Force (MPF) as a centre of excellence in the region. Our efforts to develop capacity building will be supported by technology-based projects such as Safe City and other initiatives geared towards maritime security to further boost police effectiveness.
This statement was made this morning by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Karl Mario Nobin, at Line Barracks in Port Louis, on the occasion of the 251st anniversary of the MPF. He recalled that the MPF, the guardian of social harmony, has significantly contributed in the maintenance of public peace and security in the country. The credit, he said, goes to the Police Force’s ability to build and sustain its capacity to adapt and respond to evolving societal needs.
He expressed his satisfaction that the organisational structure of MPF has been a source of inspiration for a number of Police organisations in the region. Seychelles and Djibouti have not only embraced the best practices of the MPF but also solicited the assistance of Officers to act as resource persons for the reorganisation of the respective Police, he said.
Speaking about the challenges and complexities of police work, Mr Nobin pointed out that Police Officers are increasingly being confronted with new types of sophisticated crimes whilst being pressed by the growing demands for service excellence. Hence the need for a modern, professional and flexible Police capable of addressing contemporary issues and proactively targeting emerging challenges.
With a view to transforming the organisation and empowering Officers to become effective leaders of Community Policing, several initiatives have been taken. They include: reengineering of Community Policing Framework by increasing the number of Neighbourhood Officers, building their capacity and equipping them with the relevant tools so as to establish networks within the community; establishment of partnership with private security companies and business operators in the prevention and detection of crimes; and empowering and instilling law-abiding behaviour amongst young people living in vulnerable areas. Furthermore, the Police Scouts have been reengineered and music classes are being offered to some 135 teenagers from different regions.
Presentation of Medals and promotion exercise
The celebration of the 251st anniversary of the MPF was also marked by the presentation of President’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to 49 Police Officers and the promotion exercise of 11 Sergeants to Sub-Inspector and 160 constables to corporal.
Addressing the recipients of the President’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Mr Nobin stated that they are Officers who consistently serve the country with pride and distinction in an exemplary manner. The recipients, he added, are bold men and women who constantly put their lives at risk to save the lives of others during perilous situations. They are committed to rid the country of different scourges and ensure the safety of road users and protect the most vulnerable groups.
The Commissioner of Police also urged the 171 newly promoted Officers to start upgrading their knowledge and sharpen their skills and demonstrate leadership by appreciating cultural differences, building partnership, and using technological know-how. Your attitude and behaviour should be a source of inspiration for others to emulate, he said.
To mark the 251st anniversary of the MPF several activities were held namely, a ceremonial parade; a défilé by several branches and units of the MPF; performance by Mini Police Band comprising 139 children aged between 6 to 10 years; and a blood donation. These activities were held under the banner “Proudly showing greatness because of you”.
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