General Said Chanegriha, Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army (ANP), paid a working and inspection visit to the National Gendarmerie Command on Saturday, as part of his inspection visits to the various components of the ANP, the Ministry of National Defence said in a statement.
“After the welcoming ceremony, performed by General Yahia Ali Oulhadj, Commander of the National Gendarmerie, the Army General observed, at the entrance of the Command headquarters, a moment of remembrance of Chahid Larbi Ben M’hidi, which the headquarters of the National Gendarmerie Command bears his name, and laid a wreath of flowers in front of his commemorative stele, before reciting the Fatiha of the Holy Quran in his memory and that of our valiant Chouhada,” the statement said.
During the orientation meeting he held with executives and staff, the General delivered an address, broadcast by video conference throughout the units of this Force, in which he stressed “the sensitive nature of the missions assigned to the National Gendarmerie Corps, especially in the particular context of our sub-region.
“In addition to these missions, the protection of our land borders and the control of anything that could undermine the security and integrity of our national territory, such as illegal immigration and smuggling activities and drug trafficking,” said the Army General, adding that this is a role that “we consider highly vital, especially in the particular context of our sub-region.
The Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army (ANP) has warned against “subversive organizations that take advantage of developed technological means for espionage and subversion, attempting to create situations of crisis and chaos and break the close bond between the people and their institutions.”
He urged personnel of the National Gendarmerie to “constantly ensure the strengthening of the relationship with citizens throughout the national territory.”
“The National Gendarmerie also records encouraging results in the field of the fight against electronic crime, knowing that cyberspace has become the scene of organized crime and attacks against government sites,” he said, adding that “subversive organizations take advantage of developed technological means, considered dangerous weapons, for espionage and subversion that particularly target the computer systems of sensitive government sectors, in an attempt to create situations of crisis and chaos and break the close bond between the people and their institutions.”
“In light of the nature of the aforementioned challenges, it is your responsibility, men and women of the National Gendarmerie, to fully accomplish the vital missions with which you are invested and to constantly work to strengthen the relationship with citizens, whose confidence in the state’s institutions is essential for the success of any action. I know that you take this aspect into account and give it the importance it deserves,” he supported.
The Army General also gave a series of orientations and instructions, essentially concerning “the need to be more vigilant and coordinate efforts between the different security corps and units of the ANP in order to secure the national borders of our country.”
“It is also your responsibility to coordinate with your colleagues from the different security corps and units of the ANP in order to redouble your efforts and be more vigilant and alert to thwart all malicious designs and undertake all measures to ensure total security throughout the national territory and serve the supreme interests of the country,” he insisted.
Finally, the Army General met with the executives of the National Gendarmerie Command, where he first followed “a comprehensive presentation by the Commander of the National Gendarmerie, on the general balance of the activities of the National Gendarmerie, particularly those relating to the fight against multiform organized crime, the securing of national borders, as well as the aspects relating to the development plan of this vital Command,” the Ministry of National Defense’s statement concluded.