National service soldiers fast-tracked to Dubai police force in new drive
By Sarwat Nasir Soldiers who have completed their national service training will be fast-tracked into Dubai Police under a new scheme to enlist the best and fittest officers.
The force aims to hire 153 graduates during this week’s three-day UAE Career fair.
Enlisting former personnel means the training period to become a sworn officer is would be reduced from six months to some seven weeks, Brigadier Ahmad Mohammad Rafi, the Director of the General Department of Human Resources, told 7DAYS.
He said most officers are hired in “10-minutes” - and that he took on 14 yesterday alone.
Depending on their qualifications, they could be deployed to a wide range of police departments, including traffic patrol, protective security or emergency response, among others.
A total of 110 public and private sector firms are recruiting Emiratis at the fair, which runs until tomorrow.
The automotive, aviation, banking, construction, energy, oil and gas, telecoms, healthcare and real-estate industries are all taking part.
Rafi said: “The candidates who have completed the national service are eligible to be recruited right away. “Their rank, their salary and which department they will join can be decided in the 10 minutes.
“They have already acquired the physical training and have finished the shooting programmes.
“All they need now is to go through a short training course to learn laws and regulations.”
He continued: “After they have been recruited, the training process for the officers that have completed the national service will much shorter. Usually, the training course is for six months but for the national service graduates it will be almost seven weeks.
“They will learn about the laws of the country, the regulations and rules of the traffic – depending on which department they are joining.”
Twelve months of national service for Emirati men is compulsory and must be carried out before the age of 30.
It is voluntary for women but many have signed up in in the past 18 months.
The profile of the UAE Armed Forces has risen significantly since troops and aircraft were sent to Yemen to support the ousted government against the Houthi rebel group.