Aiming for a crime-free Brunei

Rokiah Mahmud

The successful completion of a six-month basic police training is the most anticipated day by all police recruits as it marks a new milestone in their lives.

Diligence in serving the country, practising the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) values while being neutral and ethical, as well as demonstrating integrity, responsibility and respecting human rights are qualities that must be shown to be credible, charismatic and with high discipline while wearing RBPF colours.

Speaking during the Passing-Out Parade at the RBPF Training Centre yesterday for the recruit of Police Constable and Auxiliary Police Recruit Squad 1/2019, Commissioner of Police Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohammad Irwan bin Haji Hambali reminded the new police personnel to always practise the knowledge and skills they acquired from their training. He hoped that all the basic training will guide them while carrying out their duty.

The Police Commissioner added that new police personnel have been taught several concepts including ethics, discipline, the country’s laws and regulations. They were also empowered through self-esteem which symbolises the core of police personnel that prioritises professionalism and high commitment in implementing their responsibilities.

Issues on integrity and discipline among civil servants were also pointed out by the Police Commissioner, which he said covers a wider scope including responsibility and trustworthiness.

Police personnel during the parade at the Royal Brunei Police Force Training Centre. PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI
Commissioner of Police Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohammad Irwan bin Haji Hambali walks past a static guard of honour during the parade
ABOVE & BELOW: Commissioner of Police Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohammad Irwan bin Haji Hambali presents the Best Overall Police Constable Squad 1/2019 award to Recruit 6816 Muhammad Iqmal Rafie bin Jafire; and the Best Recruit in Law Police Constable Squad 1/2019 award to Awangku Mohd Aliuddin bin Pengiran Norsahminan. PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI

Citing a titah by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during a visit to the RBPF, the Police Commissioner stressed on the credibility of the RBPF especially issues involving corruption, drug abuse, crime, alcohol consumption and breach of trust.

The Police Commissioner reminded that His Majesty’s titah emphasised pursuing excellence in their career, total crime prevention and making Brunei Darussalam a crime-free country.

He stressed that all police personnel must always be trustworthy and keep their integrity.

With trust, gradually the public will see the RBPF as a reliable force in maintaining the peace and prosperity of the country.

The RBPF will celebrate its 100th anniversary in a year’s time, the Police Commissioner informed. For a century, the force has faced various challenges and sacrifices with a long history of maintaining the country’s harmony and peace. In a century’s journey, the RBPF is expected to be more mature, innovative and efficient to keep up with other nations’ successful police forces.

The Police Commissioner urged the team to pour their full commitment and cooperation towards enhancing professionalism based on integrity, transparency and excellent governance.

At the parade, Recruit 6816 Muhammad Iqmal Rafie bin Jafire was selected as the Best Overall Police Constable Squad 1/2019. He expressed gratitude for the award.

Before joining the RBPF, Muhammad Iqmal worked as security guard with a private firm.

He said that the six-month basic police training helped develop his self-discipline, cooperative attitude and teamwork spirit.

While also gaining in-depth knowledge on the country’s laws, Muhammad Iqmal said that he will meet the challenges to keep Brunei a safe and peaceful nation.

Recruit 6772 Awangku Mohd Aliuddin bin Pengiran Norsahminan, who was named Best Recruit in Law Police Constable Squad 1/2019, said that his experience as a security guard has enabled him to perform his best during the training.

He believes that being a policeman has taught him more on self-discipline and better time-management.

Recruit APO 7144 Muhammad Shariel Ardini bin Abdullah Kadai was named the Best Overall for Auxiliary Squad 1/2019. His family’s support and further guidance from trainers have helped him develop his knowledge and discipline.

Muhammad Shariel also worked as a security guard for five years before joining the force.