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National

Day

32

Page 8

Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 23 February 2016

Upholding the Nation’s Peace and Security

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ZARAIMY

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IN CONFORMITY with its reputation as the

‘Abode of Peace’, Brunei Darussalam places

paramountimportanceonthemaintenance

of the nation’s peace and security.

While the Royal Brunei Armed Forces

(RBAF) is responsible for defending the

nation’s sovereignty, the Royal Brunei

Police Force (RBPF) is responsible for

keeping law and order in the country.

Both are required to carry a highest level

of discipline as keepers of Brunei’s peace

and security.

In a titah on October 2014, 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, who is the Inspector

General of the Royal Brunei Police Force,

called for continuing strong public support

to law enforcers for more effective crime

prevention.

His Majesty said that Brunei will not

be a haven for criminals, adding that the

country’s laws would be severe in dealing

with all crimes, even minor infractions.

In a titahmade on April 2015, His Majesty

alsosentastrongmessageagainstdishonest

and corrupt police personnel, stating

that corruption affects the government’s

capacity to provide services to the people.

“Ourfaithstronglycondemnscorruption.

Allah the Almighty condemns those who

give and take bribes, and (the offenders)

will face dire punishment in the hereafter.

Thus, we must discipline ourselves to fight

it, and so save the people and the nation

from corruption,” said His Majesty.

At the same time, His Majesty, as

the Minister of Defence and Supreme

Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed

Forces, called for improved defence

management and military capabilities in

tackling security threats. In a titah in June

2015, the monarch pointed out that the

armed forces must be forward-looking

and constantly prepared for the future of

national defence and security.

Royal Brunei Police Force

As a symbol of the Royal Brunei

Police Force’s growing responsibilities, a

new Royal Brunei Police Headquarters

commenced operations in November

2015.

The new headquarters houses the

Administration and Finance Department,

the Procurement Division, and the Agency

LicensingAuthorityandRegisterofSocieties

Division. The Training Unit, under the

Administration and Finance Department,

is also located at the new headquarters,

where members of the public can obtain

new Assistant Superintendent of Police

and Inspector intake forms.

The building also houses the finance

counter service, where members of the

publiccanmakepaymentsforCertificatesof

Good Conduct, Police Escorts, Registration

of Associations, tenders, Permits for Import

and Storage of Weapons and Explosive

Materials, as well as licences.

The new RBPF headquarters also

accommodates the Procurement Division,

which provides services such as the

management

of

tender,

quotations,

auctions and registration of suppliers.

Incarryingoutitsduties,theRoyalBrunei

Police Force faces various challenges,

not just from crime cases, but also due to

the explosion of information technology,

which requires personnel to be equipped

with expertise and advanced learning in

order to implement efficient policing in a

globalised era.

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Personnel from the Royal Brunei Land Force during a training exercise

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