RBP celebrates its 53rd Raising Day
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 This framework was repealed and replaced in its entirety by the Royal Bhu- tan Police Act of 2009.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.