News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

NBG: At least 280 police officers graduate in Aweil

By Hou Akot Hou

Hundreds of thousands of people turned up to witness graduation of 280 police officer on Monday, at Aweil Freedom square. The police officers had undergone four months’ refresher training.

Governor Tong Aken Ngor and the state police commissioner, Philip Madut, graced the occasion with inspection of a guard of honor, mounted by the trainees.

Addressing the crowd, police commissioner said the four months’ refresher training was meant to equip police officers with the knowledge on law and order.

“Your role is to keep law and order. We have to protect the citizens’ lives and their property,” he said.

“The constitution is a supreme law and as a matter of fact we as police officers, have a role to safeguard it and the people in the name of Almighty God,” Madut stressed.

He said officers are to employ vigilance in all their work and never to get influenced.

“Never get bribed as an officer. Stand firm in all you do,” he urged.

One of the trainees hailing from Aweil Center, Garang Dut expressed his excitement for having successfully finished the training.

“We are happy for having finished the four months’ training. This is a huge opportunity for us to serve our nation,” he said.

Crimes have been on the rise in the state, and it is hoped that these officers will quell some of them as they will be deployed in the hotspots of the towns where gangs are seen to be terrorizing the residents.

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