Police force welcomes 116 new recruits

Minister says government considering introducing insurance policy for all members of the disciplined forces

Minister Carmelo Abela inspects the new 116 recruits
Minister Carmelo Abela inspects the new 116 recruits

116 new recruits started their careers as police constables Tuesday, the first cohort to enjoy new union rights accorded to the police.

The recruits spent the past 14 weeks in training for their new careers.

Home Affairs minister Carmelo Abela told the new recruits at their passing out parade that they had serious responsibilities, but also new rights and working conditions. “Work in a disciplined force should be considered a career,” Abela said.

Since 2013 over 500 members from the police, army and civil protection corps attended specialised courses overseas, an investment totalling €800,000. Over half were police officers trained in forensic, economic crime, cybercrime, and human trafficking.

The government is now seeking accreditation for the Ta’ Kandja police academy from the University of Malta and MCAST. “My vision is for the disciplined forces to work together in synergy, giving the best levels of protection for society,” Abela said.

Abela also emphasised his determination to strengthen working conditions. “There re new rights of representation. Now work is being carried out on the possibility of introducing an insurance policy for all members of the disciplined forces. Together with Commissioner of Police Michael Cassar, all necessary support will be given to those ready to work for the good of the force.

“Wear your uniform with pride and humility. Your responsibilities do not finish at the end of your shift.  From now onwards, in every moment, you are police officers,” Abela said.

The ceremony also included the nomination of PC Neil Saliba as best recruit, and PC Pauline Bonello in first place academically and PC Shanice Schembri coming in second.