The Malta Independent 9 August 2020, Sunday

You are servants of the republic, and no other power, Archbishop tells police

Friday, 10 July 2020, 17:45 Last update: about 30 days ago

In his homily on Police Day, Archbishop Charles Scicluna called on the police force to remain faithful and obedient to the republic and not to succumb to any other form of power.

“You have taken an oath of allegiance to the republic, not to a political party. You are servants of the republic and of no other power, arrogant and as violent as that power is.”

Archbishop Scicluna was delivering a homily on Friday, on the occasion of the 260th anniversary of the Police Force.

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 Scicluna highlighted the importance of the role of the police. “You are citizen’s guarantee that no one is above the law.”

He said that police must be prepared for any form of crime or injustice and not wait around with their hands behind their backs. A police should take action to bring justice for the republic and have the wisdom to prepare and adapt to any situation they face.

Archbishop also said that the police are similar to the purity of doves. “Police do everything according to the oaths they have taken. Purity of intent and integrity of what they are doing.” He stressed that police have taken an oath of allegiance to the republic and must follow the ethics they believe in.

President George Vella, along with new Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa and Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri also attended the mass.

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