Their new epaulets were awarded on August 12, 2016.
Some 88 police officers in the South West Region were promoted on July 25, 2016 by President Paul Biya for hard work. A ceremony to affix the new epaulets on the valiant recipients was organised on August 12, 2016, at the ceremonial grounds in Buea, capital of the South West Region.
Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai chaired the event at Bongo Square and fastened the highest epaulet of Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police. The newly promoted ranked from Senior Police Constables to Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police. Most of them are known to the general public of Buea as traffic controllers, public security mixers, judiciary aides, escort riders and body guards of public authorities.
Although no speeches were made on the occasion, the ceremony nevertheless provided renewed vigour among the police, especially at a time when their services are most needed to ward off the running troubles with criminals. In the South West Region, acts of banditry, assault, child trafficking, public nuisance and stealing by tricks, require the new muscle of the police.