- 19 December, 2016:
The Police and Criminal Evidence legislation, which will be introduced next year, will bring a paradigm shift in the system of criminal justice of Mauritius. It will not only protect the Police from all kinds of baseless allegations but it will equally empower them to perform their duties in a more professional and accountable manner.
The Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, made this statement on 17 December 2016 during the Passing out Parade for 546 Trainee Police Constables held at the Gymkhana Sports Complex in Vacoas.
He rejoiced at the fact that Police officers are able to unionise since the Police (Membership of Trade Union) Act was passed recently in the National Assembly. Police officers now have the right of association and have a platform to voice out their grievances in so far as their welfare and conditions of service are concerned.
Addressing the new recruits, Sir Anerood Jugnauth exhorted them to perform their duty with sincerity and professionalism while adding that they should be guided by values, virtues and principles of honesty, loyalty, hard work and integrity. He cautioned them to keep the department’s standards high and not to fall prey to illegal and corrupt practices.
Speaking about real policing challenges, the Prime Minister recalled that the external environment is fast changing and is characterised by an ever-growing confluence of world- scale challenges such as transnational organised crimes, money laundering, drug trafficking and terrorism.
On that score Sir Anerood underlined the need to address these threats in a proactive manner; modernise the Mauritius Police Force and transform it into a service driven organisation with focus on customer care and quality service. To that end, state-of-the-art equipment such as Offshore Patrol Vessels, Fast Interceptor boats, vehicles and motorcycles and other technological tools, have been procured to enable Police officers to discharge their duties and responsibilities more efficiently and effectively.
With regard to continuous professional development and capacity building, the Prime Minister exhorted the Police officers to avail themselves of opportunities for training and capacity building offered by friendly countries such as India, China, the United States, France, Egypt and Russia, among others.
He also pointed out that funds have already been allocated in the 2016 – 2017 budget to kickstart the Police Academy project. This long awaited Academy, he said, will provide Police with all the appropriate infrastructure and related training facilities, so that it becomes a Centre of Excellence in the field of policing in the region.
New Recruits-The Training
The 546 Trainee Police constables, 457 male Officers and 89 female Officers, who participated in the Passing out Parade, have followed a 22-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.
They also participated in a number of extracurricular activities and civic duties such as visits to orphanages, convents and ashrams, the Mauritius Prison Service and hospitals. The aim underpinning such laudable activities was to inculcate in them a culture of service and care towards the needy and the downtrodden of the society.
The Trainee Police constables were also engaged in “Operation Field Hour”, where, under the guidance of trainers, they have been exposed to real policing situations such as patrolling and enforcing adherence to road safety measures. The aim is to help them understand and acquire problem solving techniques for handling difficult and unexpected situations on the road.
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