Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday encouraged the National Police to attend additional training in order to deal with complex crimes such as money laundering and terrorism.
The request was made during the 74th anniversary of the National Police at the Interior Ministry. During his speech, Mr Kheng said the Kingdom will face problems related to security due to global changes.
He said law enforcement authorities should be prepared to combat terrorism, drug and human trafficking, cybercrime and transnational crimes.
“Police are the core forces to combat and prevent these crimes in order to ensure that the country is at peace, and our people are able to enjoy proper social development,” Mr Kheng said.
He noted that in order to do so, police officers must be able to identify suspicious activities that could lead to crimes being committed.
“I want to have deeper reforms within the National Police to make sure that our police officers carry out their duties sufficiently,” Mr Kheng said. “Of course, this requires capacity building and additional training.”
He noted that outstanding police officers will be rewarded with promotions.
National Police chief General Neth Savoeun yesterday said that last year, police officers cracked down on 6,111 drug crimes.
Gen Savoeun said National Police officers made great achievements in combatting crime in the Kingdom.
“Human and sex trafficking, and other criminal cases were investigated, and we noted the stupendous action taken by police officers,” he said.
Gen Savoeun noted that some police officers are now being trained to better grasp technology and increase their technical understanding.
Lieutenant General Ek Monosen, spokesman for the Police Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said police officers are provided with sufficient training courses to improve their capacity.
“The academy is now strictly monitoring the discipline of police officers, which is part of our reform,” Lt Gen Monosen said. “We have also cooperated with other countries to learn ways they handle serious crimes.”
In a statement yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen praised the achievements of the National Police.
Mr Hun Sen said due to rapid development, it is more important than ever to have police officers who are capable of safeguarding the Kingdom.
“Because of fast development, police officers are required to strengthen their capacity building and quality of their performance,” he said. “It is so they can address the changes and complexities of crimes.”
According to a National Police report published yesterday, last year 3,746 police officers received training at the academy, 9,103 received training through workshops, and 645 were sent overseas to receive law enforcement education.