Crown Prince urges RBPF to maintain professionalism

Rokiah Mahmud

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday delivered a sabda, urging the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) to maintain its professionalism and momentum of excellence in preserving the country’s social harmony.

His Royal Highness delivered the sabda during the 99th Police Day Parade at the Police Training Centre of the RBPF Headquarters in Gadong.

His Royal Highness also stated, “In reaching its 100th anniversary, various challenges and fluctuations have been and will be faced by the RBPF, thereby influencing its entire development, resilience and integrity.

“For this reason, unwavering loyalty towards the sovereign, together with honesty, integrity and a sense of responsibility towards leadership is the essence of the RBPF in jointly defending the sanctity of religious faith, as well as maintaining peace and sovereignty of the country.

“Consequently, present challenges are becoming more complex, such as terrorism, deviant ideology and arbitrary behaviour among some sections of the community. Sophisticated info-communications technology and the cyber world have also altered the social communications landscape and its potential threat to security.

“These developments require the police force to be ever vigilant in managing and resolving these side-effects of change which can disrupt social harmony and unity.”

His Royal Highness delivers the sabda
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office inspects the guard of honour. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

“To achieve this, it is necessary to enhance the capabilities and sense of preparedness of all police personnel, through compatible competency-building. From that standpoint, I call on all police personnel to have a sense of purpose and urgency through a work culture with sustained goals and quick action, in upholding the trust of the police force.

“On the global front, I am pleased to hear that the RBPF is continually striving to expand collaborative networks with its regional and international counterparts, which includes peacekeeping missions in places of conflict.

“Such endeavours help to further enhance the capability and reputation of the RBPF in line with international standards and views, thus enabling it to occupy a commendable position alongside its foreign counterparts.

“All police personnel must constantly stay abreast of the current security landscape by following developments in regional and international policing, apart from being prepared to learn and adopt the best practices, based upon perspective and their positive impact on the country.

“This is in accordance with the titah of 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 His Majesty’s visit to the RBPF on September 5, 2019, stating that ‘The police need to find excellence in their profession, effectively prevent crime and free Brunei Darussalam of crime. This is the real function of the police force.’

“In referring to this extract from the titah, I would like to emphasise the importance of the police force in remaining alert and aware that every action, duty and interaction with society is conducive towards obtaining the trust and confidence of the community, apart from upholding legal sovereignty.

“Lastly, in conjunction with the 99th Police Day Parade, let us together commit towards providing the finest services for the growth and advancement of the police force’s prestige, in keeping with current needs,” said His Royal Highness, concluding the sabda.