Na­tional ser­vice sol­diers fast-tracked to Dubai po­lice force in new drive

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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.

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