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Cambodia's National Police Marks 79th Anniversary with Grand Celebrations

Phnom Penh, May 16, 2024 – Cambodia celebrated the 79th anniversary of its National Police on Thursday, with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, His Excellency Abhisit Bandit Sar Sokha, presiding over the ceremonies. The event, which commemorates the establishment of the National Police on May 16, 1945, during the reign of King Norodom Sihanouk, was attended by senior officials, including leaders and members of the National Police force.

Before the official anniversary celebration, His Excellency Sar Sokha toured several exhibition booths organized by the Ministry of Interior. These booths, representing various departments such as the General Commission of the National Police, the General Directorate of Digital Technology and Education, and the General Department of Logistics and Finance, showcased the significant achievements and progress made under the guidance of former Interior Minister Samdech Krala Hom Sar Kheng and the ongoing efforts of the current leadership.

In his opening address, the Commissioner General of the National Police, His Excellency General Sar Thet, highlighted the major achievements and ongoing projects within the Ministry of Interior, praising the collaborative efforts to maintain order and social safety during significant national and international events.

Deputy Prime Minister Sar Sokha expressed his deep appreciation for the National Police's dedication to enforcing laws, norms, and regulations effectively. He emphasized the importance of ongoing reforms, particularly in decentralization and deconcentration, aimed at empowering local administrations. He reiterated his commitment to promoting gender equality within the Armed Forces and across society, aligning with the initiatives led by Prime Minister Hun Manet of the 7th legislature.

His Excellency also outlined three major ongoing objectives for the National Police and its leadership:

1. To maintain health, security, peace, and political stability.

2. To preserve and enhance the legacy of past leaders.

3. To ensure high ethical standards and professionalism among all leaders and police forces, emphasizing their role as servants of the people.

The ceremony concluded with Deputy Prime Minister Sar Sokha awarding commendations to various departments for their dedication and achievements, reflecting the pride and commitment of the National Police to serve and protect the nation.

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