During the 51st Raising Day celebrations on 1 September in Thimphu, the RBP pledged to rededicate its commitment to serve and protect the community.
They pledged to enhance public friendly policing, improve police response time, enhance crime prevention and detection, intensify operations to curtail drug demand and supply, strengthen road safety and traffic law enforcement and a corruption free police organization.
Police Raising Day is observed every year to commemorate the continued allegiance and unwavering dedication of the RBP to the Tsa-Wa-Sum. The RBP team offers prayers of gratitude to the Supreme Commander in Chief, His Majesty the King.
Chief Operation officer of RBA, Lt. General Batoo Tshering, graced the day as the chief guest. In his address he said that RBP has been doing great job in serving and protecting the nation.
He said that His Majesty the King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, founded and commissioned RBP on 1 September 1995 with 22 officers and 532 police personnel. “Today, on 51st Police Raising Day, the number has increased to 4300 including officers in the country,” he said.
He said that to keep the country self-sufficient, safe and under tight security it is the mandate that all the three armed forces (RBP, RBG and RBA) work together. He shared information about some of the support given by His Majesty the King to all the three armed forces in the gathering.
“In our country we have many national holidays but the armed forces has to work without holiday. In line with this, His Majesty the King has put in an initiative called “King’s Day” where every police official will be given one day leave in which a person is freed from work,” he said.
He also spoke on the opportunity given to be part of the UN peace keeping force which had benefitted the armed forces to builds relations and as an experience.
Likewise, Lt. General Batoo Tshering also emphasised on Kidu given by His Majesty to the armed force personnel and the support His Majesty has been giving throughout their journey as an armed force member.
During the celebration, the Chief Guest awarded trophy and cash prize to the winners of the Crime Reduction Competition in recognition of the relentless effort to keep the community safe.
This year, the first trophy with cash prize of Nu 50,000 was awarded to Division VII, Trongsa, followed by Division XII, Wangduephodrang with a cash prize of Nu 30,000. Division IV, Samtse, won the third price of Nu 20,000.