Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated four community patrol police cars yesterday to the Royal Bhutan Police.
The handing taking over ceremony and inauguration of the patrol cars took place yesterday morning in the presence of Minister of Education, Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu of Japan in New Delhi, officials from JICA, Dzongda, RBP officials, and other relevant stakeholders in the RBP headquarter, Thimphu.
The four patrol cars will be deployed to the four Community Police Centers in Bumthang, Paro, Tashigang and Wangdiphodrang. Upon the request of the RBP, the Japanese Government decided to support the provision of new patrol cars for efficient delivery of services during emergencies. The project cost amounts to US $ 1,39,313 (Nu.93,15860).
Earlier in 2014, Royal Bhutan Police also received six patrol cars for six Community Police Centers located in and around the Capital.
“This project, we hope will help in maintenance of public safety and security in the four different Dzongkhangs. The government and people of Japan sincerely hope that the patrol cars will be used for the core benefit of the people and we hope that this project will remind the people of Bhutan the goodwill and friendship that the two countries cordially share,” said the ambassador. The ambassador also congratulated the people of Bhutan on the successful 109th National Day and wished for success of Bhutan in any future endeavors.
The handing taking and inauguration of the four patrol cars coincided with the birthday of Imperial His Majesty Akihito the Emperor of Japan who turned 83 yesterday. Bhutan and Japan also observes 30 years of cordial diplomatic relations this year.
Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk who received the gifts from JICA thanked the people and the government of Japan on behalf of the government and people of Bhutan for their continuous and gracious assistance in numerous fields, thus illuminating the lives of many in the country.