RBP cel­e­brates its 53rd Rais­ing Day

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Staff Re­porter

Royal Bhutan Po­lice (RBP) cel­e­brated its 53rd Rais­ing Day across the coun­try yes­ter­day. The Rais­ing Day is ob­served ev­ery year on 1st of Septem­ber to com­mem­o­rate the con­tin­ued al­le­giance, un­wa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice of the Royal Bhutan Po­lice to the Tsa Wa Sum.

In Thim­phu, the cel­e­bra­tion was held at the RBP, head­quar­ters and graced by the Chief of Po­lice. Co­in­cid­ing with the 53rd Rais­ing Day, four non com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers were rec­og­nized for their ex­tra­or­di­nary achieve­ments and ser­vice to the na­tion.

RBP was for­mally es­tab­lished on 1st of Septem­ber 1965 on the com­mand of His Majesty The Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, with 555 per­son­nel of 23 of­fi­cers and 532 troops re­as­signed from the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA).

The 1st of Septem­ber is cel­e­brated as ‘Po­lice Rais­ing Day’ ev­ery year. How­ever, its in­de­pen­dent statu­tory ba­sis was first cod­i­fied with the Royal Bhutan Po­lice Act of 1980. This frame­work was re­pealed and re­placed in its en­tirety by the Royal Bhu- tan Po­lice Act of 2009.

In ad­di­tion to law en­force­ment, traf­fic con­trol and pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity, the man­date of the Royal Bhutan Po­lice has grown since the Act of 2009 to in­clude man­ag­ing pris­ons, fa­cil­i­tat­ing youth de­vel­op­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and dis­as­ter man­age­ment.

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