President El-Sisi attends Celebrations Marking the 71st Anniversary of Police Day at Police Academy
Monday، 23 January 2023 - 12:00 AM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived on Monday 23/01/2023 at the headquarters of the Police Academy in New Cairo to attend celebrations marking the 71st anniversary of the Police Day.
Police Day is celebrated every year on January 25, as it commemorates resistance by Egyptian police to British occupation forces in Ismailia in 1952, which resulted in the death of dozens of police officers.
President El-Sisi was welcomed upon arrival by Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfiq.
El-Sisi shook hands with the high-officials receiving him topped by House of Representatives Speaker Hanafi Gebali, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed Tayyeb and members of the Supreme Council of Police.
The military band played the national anthem and the president laid down a wreath of flowers on the memorial plaque of police martyrs.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi posed for a photo op on Monday with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik and members of the Supreme Police Council at the Police Academy.
The ceremony started with recitation of some verses of the Holy Quran.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese, House of Representatives Speaker Hanafy el Gebaly, Senate Speaker Abdel Wahab Abdel Razek and a host of senior state officials.
At the onset of the celebration, a documentary film was displayed to highlight the responsibilities of the Egyptian Police. The film was titled "The Egyptian Police is up to the responsibilities".
Egyptian actors Ahmed Bedier, Tarek Sabry among others participated in film.
The film depicted the heroic actions of some police officers including Abdel Fattah Ghoniem and Lt Hafez Afifi, the top officer of El Tal El Kebir police station.
Commenting on the documentary film, President El-Sisi urged the production of more art and drama works to crystalize the heroic police actions to brief the current generation on the sacrifices presented by police in the service of the nation across the history.
El-Sisi said: "We need to tell the citizens about the characters of the policemen and their heroic acts especially the heroes such of the police battle of Ismailia, 1952.", adding that Egypt's history has been outlined by those heroes.
El-Sisi also called for producing short drama works for every character who has played a heroic role among the police troops and that every character can be personalized in five episodes at most.
He also warned against attempts to defame the image of policemen and army to tarnish the image of the State.
In a humanitarian gesture during the celebration of the 71st anniversary of Police Day, President El-Sisi walked towards Dr. Laila Takla, the wife of the hero Abdul Karim Darwish, to shake hands with her.
Then the President shook hands with Mrs. Mona Zulfiqar, the daughter of the hero Salah Zulfiqar, followed by Brigadier General Pilot Ayman Muhammad Adil Qayed, son of the hero Muhammad Adil Qayed, commander of the regime’s blocs in Suez, and Abd al-Rahman Farouk Abu Zaid, the grandson of the martyr hero Abu Zaid Ahmed Rizk; in honor of the heroism of their relatives.
Afterwards, another documentary was screened on efforts exerted by policemen to support stability and protect the nation's gains especially in the fields of confronting terrorism and extremist organizations.
The documentary included policemen's efforts to eliminate crimes and seize illegal weapons and explosive charges used by terrorists.
It said 116 hideouts have been destroyed and 270 pieces of arms and 50 explosive charges were seized, in addition to the closure of 66 commercial entities used by the Muslim Brotherhood to finance its activities.
It also included police's efforts to eliminate crimes such as money laundering, bribes, deception and foreign exchange trade.
The documentary pointed out to training courses policemen receive to deal with security variables to combat other crimes such as narcotics trafficking across ports.
It said 601 training courses were organized by the Police Academy at ministries and universities to warn citizens against plans to disintegrate the country.
It pointed out to the development of services offered to citizens as well as rescue efforts during any emergency cases.
It mentioned speed cameras installed along roads, bridges and axes to spot any traffic violations committed by motorists.
The documentary covered efforts exerted by the Ministry of Interior in 2022 in the fields of customs and tax evasion as well as efforts to combat electricity theft and intellectual property crimes.
It pointed out to the success of the ministry of Interior to control markets and confront all kinds of ration violations.
It said the ministry managed to confront attempts by greedy traders who seek to stock up grains and gas cylinders to raise market prices.
Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfiq delivered a speech, in which he asserted that police has set a unique example of sacrifices and loyalty through the ages.
The minister also spoke highly of sacrifices being made by policemen for the sake of Egypt's security and stability.
The minister's remarks were made Monday while attending the celebrations of the 71st Police Day at the Police Academy in New Cairo, in the presence of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Tawfiq, meanwhile, citied the daunting challenges besetting all world countries, underlining the need of safeguarding the homeland and the citizens.
The interior minister further welcomed the participation of President Sisi in the celebration to mark the glorious Battle of Ismailia in which the heroism of policemen was embodied as well as the values of sacrifice, redemption and courage were upheld in defense of the homeland.
After that, President El-Sisi approved the promotion of the hero Tarek Abdel Wahab from the rank of lieutenant colonel to the rank of colonel in recognition of his efforts and loyalty.
President El-Sisi said: “Such promotion shows our full gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices Abdel Wahab made.”
El- Sisi added that several men like Abdel Wahab sacrificed their souls or parts of their bodies for the sake of Egypt to enjoy peace, safety and security and achieve progress and stability.
He said incidents which took place in Egypt over the past ten years created similar cases like hero Abdel Wahab, including martyrs and wounded.
He asserted that Egypt is capable of eradicating the terrorist wave by approximately 100% thanks to efforts by policemen and the army.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a souvenir from Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik during the celebration in appreciation from the Egyptian Police to President El-Sisi's unremitting efforts to steer the country on a path to the present and future.
Honoring police martyrs:
The president granted the Order of the Republic and Merit to the names of a number of police martyrs and honored their families.
He also granted the Order of Excellence to a number of police officers for their outstanding performance.
By the end of the ceremony, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi delivered a speech