Egypt President Mohammed Morsi praised the country's policemen today despite public criticism of their violent response to anti-government demonstrations.
But he also warned police officers striking over his rule against breaking ranks.
President Morsi spoke ahead of Friday prayers, which he attended at a Cairo-based camp for riot police.
Rights groups accuse police of using snipers and lethal force against unarmed protesters.
More than 1,000 demonstrators have died in the clashes.
In his speech, Mr Morsi warned the force against divisions.
"Be aware, as I know you are, against breaking ranks or else our enemy will break us all," he claimed. "Our enemy outside the country is happy when we are divided."
His praise comes as a government report concluded this week that police were behind the deaths of nearly 900 protesters during the country's 2011 uprising.
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