The Malta Independent 26 April 2018, Thursday

Minister awards medals to 49 soldiers, 74 police officers for their service

Rebecca Iversen Thursday, 14 December 2017, 16:56 Last update: about 5 months ago

Home Affairs and National Security Minister Michael Farrugia today awarded 49 soldiers and 74 policemen, including 24 who have retired from the force, for their service.

In a short address, the minister said the Police needed to be comfortable while on the job, which is new uniforms were being introduced alongside better equipment. He said that there was the need for more human resources, particularly in districts, where some vacancies have emerged. The minister also said a proposal was being considered for each district will be separated into a number of regional hubs so that the work can be carried out more efficiently.

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17 police officers were awarded medals for 18 years’ service, 37 were awarded medals for 25 years’ service and 28 other members were given recognition for 30 years of service with an impeccable record, with 24 of these officers still serving as members of the Force.

Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar also spoke at the ceremony, stating it was not easy for policemen to serve for such a long time, especially in today’s time.

The Minister also awarded 49 medals to members or former members of the Malta Armed Forces for their service. Seven medals were awarded to members who had given service for 18 years; 29 medals those who had given 25 years of service; and 30 medals to officers who served for 30 years.

In his address, the Minister spoke of how the Army was not given enough credit for its work. He said that there were a number of vacancies in the army and that from tomorrow calls for recruitment for specialised jobs will be made public.

The minister also spoke of collaboration with the Ministry for Education, adding that talks are being held to see how MCAST could provide courses for young people interested in joining the army. The minister also emphasised the importance of bettering the conditions of soldiers in order for them to continue providing a service to civilians and the country.

 

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