Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre) at the ceremony to mark the 55th traditional day of the People’s Police Force (July 20) (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the People’s Police Force to pay due attention to ensuring security and safety for the country’s major events, especially the APEC Year 2017 and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in the central city of Da Nang in November this year.

PM Phuc made the request while addressing a ceremony held in Hanoi on July 18 to mark the 55th traditional day of the People’s Police Force (July 20).  

The government leader congratulated the police force on their outstanding achievements in combating crimes and maintaining social order and safety over the past time, helping create a stable and convenient environment for national development and improve Vietnam’s role and position in the international arena.

However, he also pointed out shortcomings and weaknesses as well as difficulties and challenges facing the force such as the weak determination of a number of officers and soldiers and the lack of ineffective measures against crimes. 

In the context of rapid, complex and unexpected changes in the regional and global situation, non-traditional security threats, global issues and increasing prevalence of cross-border, high-tech and cyber crimes, the police force should uphold its role as an advisor for the Party, Government, Central Public Security Commission and Ministry of Public Security in putting forth sound policies and guidelines in national construction and defence, PM Phuc said.

The PM requested the police force to show their firm political will, absolute loyalty to the Party, Fatherland and people, and resolve in preventing and crushing all plots and acts of hostile forces and criminals to protect the country’s political security.

At the same time, the police force must perform well its key role in keeping social order and safety, and combating crimes, particularly organised, transnational, foreign-related, high-tech, smuggling, drug and economic crimes, the leader noted.

Other tasks of the police force include tightening the management of explosives, fire fighting, search and rescue operations, he said.

Since its inception 55 years ago, the police force has regularly launched crack-down campaigns against crimes, busted various dangerous crime gangs involving in drug trafficking, corruption and smuggling which have caused huge economic losses for the State.

Internationally, the Vietnamese police force became an official member of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) in 1991 and joined the ASEAN National Police (ASEANAPOL) in 1995. The force have also expanded cooperation with countries in the region and the world at large in fighting crimes.-VNA