Police officers today took the oath to commemorate the implementation of the new Maldives Police Service Act (Law No. 34/2020).
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ratified the new act stipulated under article 92 of the Maldives Constitution, last December.
The special occasion was graced by the presence of Vice-President Faisal Naseem, Chief Justice Uz Ahmed Muthasim Adnan, and Home Minister Imran Abdulla.
The Act establishes the fundamental principles, guidelines, roles and other aspects concerning police officers, aiming to improve policing in the country by ensuring adherence to the constitution. Police officers are mandated to ensure the safety of all members of the public, without any discrimination or influence, and in line with human rights best practises. The Act also promotes professional standards within the police force and paves the way for the establishment of community-based policing services under a decentralised system of governance.
Moreover, ‘Maldives Police Service’ will be renamed as “Dhivehi Fuluhunge Khidhumaiy”; however, the institution will still be addressed as “Maldives Police Service” in English.