South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Thursday urged the newly commissioned police officers to fight crime in the country with discipline and consistency in line with their
professional mandate.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony of the 21 batch of 348 police officers at a stadium in Juba, Kiir told police officers to use acquired knowledge to fight crime while observing human rights.

“As you are being commissioned today to the rank and file of South Sudan National Police Service, your primary job is to take care of the security of all the citizens and our foreign visitors,” said Kiir.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to reform the security sector while equipping security apparatus to uphold law and order in the country.

“I am confident that your training in law and police sciences has equipped you with understanding and abilities to be professional law enforcement agents,” said Kiir.

He said for South Sudan to be among progressive nations, police have to respect rule of law and human rights and urged them to diligently serve the people.

Interior Minister Michael Chenjiek said out of a total of 348 graduating officers, 99 are females and 249 are male.

“I am happy that you have finally reached this day after going through a three years intensive training,” said Chenjiek.

He thanked the graduates for the commitment they have rendered through training until date of commissioning.

Chenjiek also thanked donors and partners that have helped the ministry develop the training manual for police officers.

“We need all of you to uphold police values and ethics in order to win the trust of the citizens,” said Chenjiek.

The South Sudan National Police Service was founded after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 as part of efforts to transform the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) fighters into a professional force. Enditem


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