Nizwa: The Royal Oman Police (ROP) ON suNday celebrated its annual day, which falls on January 5 every year. HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs, presided over the ceremony, held at the military parade grounds of the Sultan Qaboos Academy of Police Sciences in the Wilayat of Nizwa.
The ceremony saw the passing out of the 46th batch of cadet officers - holders of Diploma in Law and Police Sciences, the 43rd batch of university cadet officers, the 10th batch of service system cadet officers and the 54th batch of specialized cadet officers. The batches included officers from the Internal Security Service and the Royal Court Affairs.
The celebration began with a salute to HH Sayyid Shihab. The commandant of the parade requested HH Sayyid Shihab to inspect the front row of the column. The graduates presented a military show before the dais. Then, the chief guest handed over awards to top graduate officers.
This was followed by protocols of handing over the “Banner of Sultan Qaboos Academy for Police Sciences” from the 46th to the 47th batch of cadet officers. Then, the column of the parade chanted the ROP Anthem and swore the Oath of Loyalty. They chanted thrice “Long Live His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, the Supreme Commander”, after which they saluted HH Sayyid Shihab, marking the end of the parade.
A column of ROP Cavalry paraded past the dais to the accompaniment of musical tunes by the ROP Band. The names of winners of ROP Awards 2023 were announced during the ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by Royal Family members, ministers and advisers, Camillus Wambura, Inspector-General of Police in the Republic of Tanzania, commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), the ROP and security and military services, as well as members of the State Council and the Shura Council, directors general at government units, shaikhs and dignitaries of AL Dakhiliyah Governorate.