Malta Police have been praised for their work following another fall in recorded crime.
Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia thanked officers for their dedication on duty.
He said Malta’s streets were getting safer as statistics for 2018 showed crime across the Maltese Islands had fallen by 8 per cent.
The minister was speaking during an awards ceremony for long-serving officers at the police headquarters in Floriana.
In all, 129 serving and retired officers were awarded with the Long Service Medals.
Police chief Lawrence Cutajar told them it was ‘an exciting time’ to be in the force.
He said the new community policing scheme would be launched in four towns soon, following a successful trial in Mellieha.
The aim was to put more police on the streets.
The Commissioner also said that work was well underway to modernise all of Malta’s police stations.
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