Maputo — “It is up to each and every one of you to make a contribution to ensure that peace remains one of the active promoters of the social and economic development of the country”, declared Mozambican President Armando Guebuza at a ceremony on Friday to graduate and promote 400 police officers, at the Academy of Police Sciences (ACIPOL), in Marracuene district, some 30 kilometres north of Maputo.
The ACIPOL degree level course took four years to complete, and the graduates leave the course with the rank of sub-inspector.
Addressing the closing ceremony, Guebuza said the graduates now have the mission of improving the performance of the police.
“This is our expectation, this is the expectation of the Mozambican motherland, in witnessing the incorporation into the police of new officers with the rank of sub-inspector, and the ascension to this rank of other officers who have already worked for many years in police units”.
He urged them to ensure that the values they have learnt are transmitted to the other citizens with whom they interact in their daily activities.
Those values, Guebuza added, will help them “identify, unmask, fight against and neutralize behaviours and attitudes that endanger the security of the state, and the safety of citizens and their property”.
Peace, he stressed, was one of the key values that they must protect and consolidate, against all those who are trying to endanger “this collective asset of Mozambicans”.
Guebuza warned the graduates that public trust in the police force cannot be taken for granted. Instead, that trust was won “through praiseworthy actions and attitudes. Respect cannot be imposed, it is achieved through performance.”