On May 16, 2019, the Moroccan national Police celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) at the Royal Police Institute in Kenitra.
Rabat – During the ceremony, police units demonstrated their capabilities and expertise in various fields, including martial arts, use of weapons, and self-defense in addition to the diverse intervention techniques.
The police units exhibited their skills in front of guests including members of the Moroccan government, judicial officials, and members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Morocco, as well as a number of civil and military figures and foreign guests.
Also participating in the show was a unit of trained police officers from the Central African Republic and the Comoros who received training at the Royal Police Institute in Kenitra as part of cooperation with other African nations.
In his speech at the event, the DGSN’s general director, Abdellatif Hammouchi, stressed that the 16th of May is an occasion for the Moroccan police to celebrate its achievements in ensuring national safety and territorial stability, and also to present its future projects to improve security services and the country’s security system as a whole.
Hammouchi said in a speech read on his behalf by the Director of the Royal Police Institute, Abdelaziz Zakaria, that this year’s anniversary has special significance. It comes in the wake of the construction of the DGSN new headquarters in Hay Riad, Rabat and the launch of the integrated health laboratory for radiography and medical analysis for policemen and women and their relatives.
The DGSN’s general director has also stated that last year was an important and pivotal step in the completion of restructuring and reforming projects which included the development of new police facilities.
Among the projects was the Institute of Sciences and Forensics for the National Police which was established as a home for various technical and scientific police branches. The establishment of the Institute was complemented by the Scientific Police laboratory’s acquisition of a certificate for High-Quality.
The DGSN has also supported the judiciary police with counter-terrorism units in Sale, Rabat, and Fez. It has created 20 new regional criminal investigation teams to support the use of intelligence in criminal cases, as well as to study and analyze emerging criminal methods.
Hammouchi emphasized that the DGSN is coping with the demographic growth in different Moroccan cities, saying that 26 new police stations have been built, as well as the creation of new police departments and traffic accident facilities to maintain public order and improve security.
Speaking about police training, Hammouchi said the DGSN has opened new training schools in Fez, Laayoune, and Oujda to ensure distribution of the schools all over the country and bring them closer to the trainees.
The DGSN has created an online platform for Moroccans with which they can submit their candidature for police examinations. Applicants now number more than 150,000 people annually.
Hammouchi pointed out that a new procedure for evaluating police officers’ performance and conduct was adopted at the beginning of the year, which was designed to increase objectivity, and establish neutrality and impartiality in promotions.