Mauritius: The President’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for 2022-2023 was awarded to 512 members of the Mauritius Police Force by the Commissioner of Police, Anil Kumarsing Dip, today at the Gymkhana Sports Complex in Vacoas, in recognition of their loyalty, dedication to duty and sense of patriotism above average throughout their long years of service to the nation.
In his address, the Commissioner of Police saluted the exceptional dedication, high level of professionalism, and commitment of the 512 Police Officers, whether on land, in the air or at sea, thereby ensuring the safety and security of the country and the protection and well-being of the citizens and their property.
“May this recognition be a reminder of the high esteem in which you are held by your colleague, the community and the nation,” he stated.
According to Dip, the award of the President’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal acknowledges the hard work and efforts put in by the Recipients throughout their careers.
“Indeed, for any Police Officer, this Medal is not only a mere token, but it is a symbol of countless sacrifices made, sleepless nights endured, and resilience shown in the line of duty,” he said.
For the Commissioner of Police, being a Police Officer is a commitment and a pledge taken to be at the service of the population. He called on all Police Officers to keep in mind their responsibility to preserve law and order as well as to provide the public with a safe environment to live, work and play. Dip cited sincerity and commitment for both the country and the citizens, honesty, integrity and leadership as the qualities required to make a good Police Officer.
The Commissioner of Police underpinned that there is absolutely no scope for failure as Police Officers are increasingly being held accountable for their actions and inactions.
He, therefore, appealed to them to operate within the legal parameters and adhere to international policing and human rights standards. “Do not ever allow yourselves to succumb to pressures for results and indulge in unethical and even unlawful activities,” stated Dip.
To the 647 youngsters who joined the Police Force yesterday, Commissioner Dip called on them to continuously strive for self-improvement, to innovate, and to seize every opportunity to acquire new knowledge, skills and expertise.
He is of the view that the Police Force needs proactive and knowledgeable professionals with the appropriate mindset, capable of steering the organisation through the challenges of a tech-driven society.
Dip thus mentioned that the Police Strategic Plan 2022-2025, launched in February 2022, lays the foundations for the enhanced professionalism and sustainable development of policing in Mauritius.