16 RBPF personnel receive awards

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SIXTEEN Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) personnel were awarded medals for their service and dedication in a ceremony yesterday.

The recipients include two police personnel from the airport branch who arrested an Indonesian man who attempted to smuggle explosives through Brunei last year.

Commanding Officer of the Airport Police Unit Hj Zaini Hj Abd Rahim was on hand to present the awards to the officers in a presentation ceremony held at the marching field of the RBPF headquarters.

14 were awarded with the Police Service Medals, while two received medals and commendation letters for the excellence shown in their line of duty.

The Police Service Medal is an honour awarded to RBPF officers and ranking personnel who have dedicated their efforts and services to the force for more than a year.

The ceremony, conducted through the Commanding Officer’s Parade, began with an inspection of the police assembly by the commanding officer followed by the award presentation.

The ceremony concluded with a march past of officers accompanied by the RBPF marching band.

Lance Corporal Mohammed Fuadi Hj Suhaili and Lance Corporal Mohd Kamarizan Hj Tampoi – the two RBPF personnel who caught the Indonesian man in possession of ammunition last year – said they will continue to serve and protect the community in Brunei.

“Our job does not stop here but we will continue to serve Brunei and provide enhanced safety to travellers, especially to the passengers,” said Lance Corporal Mohammed Fuadi.

Recounting his experience when he and his colleague found the explosive device in the man’s luggage, he said it was ‘shocking’ and unexpected.

“It came as a shock to us, it was surreal,” said Lance Corporal Mohammed Fuadi.

“We didn’t want to take any risk and any chances... because at an airport, there are a lot of people involved. We knew we had to act and think quickly,” he said.

The 63-year old Indonesian national was travelling to Saudi Arabia as part of an Umrah-bound group transiting through Brunei International Airport when airport security detected several suspicious items including four bullets, a modified pen containing a bullet and a device believed to be a home-made explosive.

Lance Corporal Mohd Kamarizan expressed his gratitude for being awarded with the Police Service Medal.

“We are very grateful for being awarded with the medals today and, as the front liners in keeping Brunei safe, we will continue to fight crimes and commit to our duties in keeping the public safe,” he said.

The Brunei Times