His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain paid tribute to the Kingdom’s police, hailing their role in maintaining national security and stability. He paid homage the pioneers who played a trailblazing role in building modern Bahrain and bolstered its security and stability as the cornerstone of national development.
HM the King paid the tribute as he patronized, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, a ceremony by the Ministry of Interior marking the centenary of the establishment of the police in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
HM the King was received on arrival at the Bahrain National Stadium by the Minister of Interior General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa as the artillery fired a 21-gun salute to welcome HM the King, according to Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
HM the King expressed pride on this occasion and the historical connotations and lofty significance of the centenary, which represents a token of gratitude to the early national-builders, who set a model to emulate for sacrifice, abnegation and dedication to serving the homeland.
“The country has every right to feel proud of its citizens and recall their stances and dedication. Loyal citizens are a source of pride for generations and their memories are engraved in the annals of history,” he said.
He underlined the vital role of security which contributed to Bahrain’s development and progress, stressing the necessity of continued commitment to the rule of the law and the noble security mission.
“We are confident of the cohesion of our internal front and our national unity, which represent the cornerstones of national security and stability” said HM the King, thanks the Minister of Interior, as well as officers, non-commissioned officers and servicemen, hailing their humanitarian security efforts and sincere and unflinching patriotic determination for the sake of Bahrain’s development and stability,” HM the King stressed.
On this occasion, HM the King announced the establishment of the Royal Medal of the Police, which would recognize servicemen who carried out exceptional security acts, and showed courage and valor. He also announced the inception of the Security Service Medal of Distinction to acknowledge those who have a proven track record of dedication and accomplishment and proficiency and commitment to the ethics of security work.
General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa presented a commemorative gift to HM the King and another to HRH the Crown Prince on this historic national anniversary.