Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi stressed that the state’s ultimately goal is to maintain its security and stability, which cannot be achieved without the presence of a conscious national police that is well aware of the nature of its mission.
The president attended on Sunday the Ministry of Interior’s celebration of the National Police Day, which is commemorated every year on 25 January.
He asserted that Egypt seeks to maintain stability in light of the challenges and risks facing national security.
The president stressed that policemen represent the impenetrable bulwark for defending the homeland, awarding a number of officers with medals of excellence in recognition of their efforts.
He added that the achievement made in defeating terrorism was very great, and the price was very high, asserting that Egypt cannot forget its martyrs.
Meanwhile, Al-Sisi reiterated his thanks to medical staff for their sacrifice to preserve the health of Egyptians.
The Ministry of Interior announced during the celebration that it had succeeded in reducing crime rates during the past year by 13.2%.
Moreover, Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfik said the Egyptian police and armed forces continue their efforts to dry up the sources of terrorist financing.
He added that research and information agencies affiliated with the Interior Ministry are monitoring attempts to flood the country with narcotics in cooperation with the armed forces.
He also said that his ministry was keen to confront electronic crimes and the use of modern technology in light of the emergence of e-terrorism.
The National Police Day marks the day Egyptian police forces attempted to repel British occupation forces attacking a police station in Ismailia city on the Suez Canal on 25 January 1952.
The Battle of Ismailia took place when Egyptian police officers refused to surrender their weapons and evacuate the station. The incident left 50 martyrs and 80 injured among Egyptian police officers. The massacre was the spark of the revolution that ended the monarchy in Egypt on 23 July of the same year.