Assistant Commissioner of Police Dr. Abdullah Fairoosh has retired from the Police Service.

His retirement was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed on Twitter. The Commissioner said that after 20 long and illustrious years of Police Service, Fairoosh has today retired from the force.

CP Hameed thanked him for his invaluable contributions to the police service and for his service to the public.

He also wished the retiring ACP success in his next endeavors.

ACP Fairoosh had taken over the Police Service after the events of 7th February 2012 when then-President Mohamed Nasheed resigned from his post amid protests against his government. Nasheed resigned after security forces joined the anti-government protests causing a major revolt on the island nation.

Many accuse Fairoosh of inciting protests and the subsequent revolt against the government.

ACP Fairoosh's retirement came days after the new Police Service Act came into force.

The government-pushed Act establishes the fundamental principles, guidelines, roles, and other aspects concerning police officers, aiming to streamline policing in the country by ensuring adherence to the constitution.

Under the Act, police officers are mandated to ensure the safety of all members of the public, without any discrimination or influence, and in line with human rights best practices.

The Act also promotes professional standards within the police force and paves the way for the establishment of community-based policing services under a decentralized system of governance.