Hyderabad: The passing out parade of the 73rd batch of the regular recruit Indian Police Service (IPS) officer trainees was held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) on Friday. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval reviewed the impressive and spectacular passing out parade commanded by a woman IPS probationer Darpan Ahluwalia at SVPNPA.

Dr. Darpan Ahluwalia, from the Punjab cadre, was the sixth woman in the history of the academy to command the parade. She was the overall topper of basic course phase-I training and bagged the Martyr KS Vyas Trophy for internal security and public order and field crafts and tactics.

As many as 149 officer trainees, including 132 IPS officer trainees and 17 foreign officials - six each from Royal Bhutan police and Maldives Police Services and five from Nepal police, passed out from the academy. Among 149 officer trainees, 31 are women, including 27 IPS probationers.

Addressing the parade, Mr. Doval said the quintessence of democracy does not lie in the ballot box but it lies in the laws which are made by the people who are elected by or are elected through those ballot boxes..

"You are the ones who are the enforcers of those laws. Laws are not as good as they are made. Laws are as good as they are executed and implemented and service the people are going to get out of them," he said.

He wanted the young officers to know that service to people is the greatest service not only from the point of view of nation-building but also from the point of national security. He asked the new batch of officers to not only think of reforms to avoid repeating mistakes of the past but also to look at future challenges and find solutions in advance.

He reminded them that their responsibility includes not only the safety and security of 130 crore people but also the 32 lakh square kilometres of land area across the country. He wanted them to be trained and prepared for border management as well as challenges of highly-specialized investigations in agencies such as the NIA or CBI.

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