Vucic, Dacic attend Day of Interior Ministry, Police Day celebration

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Serbian Internal Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic said there is no strong state without a strong military and police, and stressed that the police have been and will continue to be a pillar of the country's and its citizens’ security.

At a ceremony marking the Day of the Internal Affairs Ministry the Day of the Police held Sunday, Dacic said being a member of the police is not just a job.

The police are the foundation of our society and state, protecting the lives and personal property of citizens, preserving public order and peace, combating crime, securing institutions, individuals, diplomatic-consular missions, traffic control, state security, borders, international cooperation, Interpol, Europol, witness protection, issuance of personal documents – these are all responsibilities of the police and internal affairs bodies, Minister Dacic.

He thanked Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the Serbian Government for their support to the police, noting that the police force is becoming increasingly better equipped and the livelihoods of police officers more secure.

He said the police are ready and capable of dealing with all types of crime.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called on the police to “prepare” for trying times to ensure that every inch of Serbia is safe.

“We live in a world where there is no security, and it is impossible to easily foresee what will happen by the end of the year, let alone plan for the future. That is why we must be well-prepared for every possible scenario,” said Vucic.
He said the police force is “people’s” and has “always been with the people in the hardest of times.”

“At a time when a part of the media and public have a perverse approach to the government and public services, the police is frequently presented as a terrorist organization,” said the president.

He called on police officers to treat equally all Serbian citizens, adding he hopes they would never again have to “hand over Serbian citizens in sacks” as part of their job.