In a congratulatory message on the 78th anniversary of the establishment of the National Police on May 15, Prime Minister Hun Sen praised their achievements, saying they have dedicated themselves to protecting public safety, security and order, and joined the government in the cause of guaranteeing national security and the harmony of the people.

He also highlighted their exceptional bravery in dealing with the recent Covid-19 pandemic.

“Among their other outstanding achievements were the success of their historic mission as chair of the 40th ASEAN National Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference, providing security for the 5th mandate commune council elections and the 43rd ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly, as well as the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit hosted by Cambodia in 2022,” he said.

“All of these tasks were complex operations that required the National Police force to maintain discipline and respond to all challenges,” he added.

The government, he said, is optimistic about the patriotic conscience and loyalty of all police officers at all levels across the country.

He encouraged them to maintain their activities and turn any challenges they faced into opportunities to strengthen national security, which he said is a pillar of sustainable development.

National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said on May 15 that the National Police will strive to support the government as well as maintain national security and social harmony.

The National Police was established on May 16, 1945, by the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk.