President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi attended on Saturday the graduation ceremony of a new batch of police cadets at the premises of the Police Academy in New Cairo district.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Defence and Military Production Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfik and Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese were among those present at the ceremony.
Ministers and senior state officials also attended the ceremony.
The national anthem was played upon the arrival of President El-Sisi at the Police Academy.
At the ceremony, El-Sisi honoured the families of police martyrs.
Addressing the ceremony, Police Academy President Ahmed Ibrahim stressed the determination of police cadets to offer sacrifices while defending their homeland.
He described the graduation ceremony as a decisive moment that marks an annual feast for the police academy where president El-Sisi shared with cadets their happiness in graduating.
The academy head, meanwhile, thanked Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik for overseeing Egypt's path to security during a crucial stage, besides providing support for the academy in enhancing its academic system.
"We have been in race against time to achieve a quantum leap in the field of training in order to qualify policemen to possess distinguished capabilities," Police Academy chief Maj. General Ahmed Ibrahim said.
He added that the academy has adopted joint training which brought together the students of both police and military academies, given the state's mounting security needs as well as the ongoing anti-terror efforts.
The academy celebrates the graduation of 1,200 police cadets, including 21 Palestinian graduates, the head of the academy noted.
Interior minister remarks
In his speech at the ceremony, Minister Tawfik said that the police were working diligently, and making all sacrifices to combat attempts to undermine the country's national path while armed with the power of the law.
"There is no place for a corrupting person in Egypt," he said.
"Dying for the sake of the nation means life," Tawfik said, adding that police forces stand side by side with the armed forces to combat the dangers of terrorism and organized crime.
The interior minister told families attending the ceremony that their offspring are keen on facing conspiracies and infiltration attempts, adding that the graduates possess vigilance and firmness to foil non ending attempts to sow strife and spread rumors.
"The attempts which aim to shake the stability of this country are pushed by foreign parties through various apparatuses, countries, and organizations which rely in its criminal plans on hiring corrupt elements in the country, [but] we stand ready for them to see Egypt forever above terrorism," Tawfik said.
"And amid extremely difficult international challenges and a highly disturbed regional vicinity, the world has witnessed what Egypt enjoys in terms of security and stability; and how this contributed in the success of organizing conferences and international and regional tournaments that elevated Egypt's status among nations," he said.
The minister stressed that the ministry was keen on utilizing the state-of-the-art mechanisms and technologies to establish a developed security system through a comprehensive infrastructure, and the development of police institutions and the consolidation of commitment to the law.
He added that the interior ministry has also been keen on developing methods to ensure effective police presence in the streets; improving security services provided to the public; and consolidating the societal role of the police by strengthening the contribution of the human factor.
Students of both the police and military academies took part in a joint drill demonstration during the ceremony, which aimed at unifying the tactical approaches and exchanging the combat know-how, in light of terror challenges facing the country.
Police students performed a show displaying tactical movements and security crackdowns using a replica depicting crime scenes and police stations.
Following the military parade, the top notch student handed over the flag of the police academy to another top student, marking the handover of the leadership of the academy.
Meanwhile, the cadets took oath before the academy's top professor, Adel Kasaba.
A number of the martyrs' children delivered speeches at the graduation ceremony, during which they vowed to continue the march of their fathers in defending the homeland.