Addressing a group of senior Iranian police officers in Tehran on Sunday, the Leader said Iran’s Police Force is the symbol of the Islamic Republic’s “sovereignty and security,” adding that the police should guarantee social security with “might.”
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed, however, that such “police might” needs to be accompanied by “justice” and “mercy” toward the people, adding that the Islamic Republic is not after the policing style advertised in Hollywood or elsewhere in the Western societies.
Such type of police clout “will not only fail to bring about security, but leads to more insecurity,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader also slammed the police brutality against the African-American community in the United States, saying black people in the US are subjected to “oppression” and “humiliation” by police officials, a behavior which has been behind the outbreak of social unrest in the country.
Ayatollah Khamenei further emphasized the need for the strengthening of social security as the main mission of Iran’s police forces, adding, “The establishment of security is not a matter of rhetoric and propaganda, but the public should feel that security exists.”
The Leader further hailed the efforts made by Iran’s Police Force to guarantee calm and security in the society, calling on the officials of other sectors to cooperate with the police in their mission.