CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi laid a wreath of flowers at the memorial of police martyrs Saturday marking the National Police Day.
Egypt celebrates National Police Day on January 25, marking 50 police personnel who were killed on the same day in1952 when they refused to hand over their weapons to British troops and evacuate Ismailia police station.
However, On January 25, 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets, protesting police violations against civilians and called for the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Following successive protesting and clashes between the police personnel and the civilians, hundreds of which were killed, Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11, 2011.
In 2015, President Sisi celebrated the Police Day on January 20, five days before the uprising anniversary, parsing the role of the police in “establishing security in Egypt and preserving Egyptians’ human rights.”
Since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests called for the end of his regime, hundreds of police and security troops were killed and others were injured by “terrorist” attacks nationwide, particularly in restive North Sinai.
However, some cases of Police personnel’s irregularities against civilians were reported in the past few months. Several police officers were jailed over killing and torturing civilians to death inside police stations.
President Sisi commented that people should not paint some individuals’ violations with broad brush. “Some individuals’ wrong practices should not be generalized concerning the police system as a whole,” he said during a surprising visit to the police academy on Dec. 3, 2015.