ISF members take part in a training exercise as they celebrate the 153rd anniversary of the Internal Security Forces in Dbayeh, Monday, June 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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As the Internal Security Forces celebrate their 153rd anniversary, acting ISF chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous pledged Monday that Lebanon's police force would remain above sectarian and political divisions as the country continues to face grave internal and external problems.Prior to its existence, Lebanese emirs deployed their own armed men to provide security and enforce laws.Basbous said that despite the fragile security situation, the police force – with the help of the Army – had been able to implement several security crackdowns as well as arrest terrorist cells and criminal gangs. Machnouk, however, said the political divisions in the country had affected the police and called for a new "security culture" in Lebanon.Speaking at the anniversary celebrations, ISF spokesman Col. Joseph Moussallem said Lebanon's police force aimed to serve the people, provide security and protect public freedoms, but also pointed to the difficulties facing the force of late.
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