‘Smile for the peo­ple, leave tough stuff for crim­i­nals’

Lt Gen Dhahi Khal­fan tells event the im­age of po­lice from when he joined is long gone

The National - News - - EMIRATES - NAWAL AL RAMAHI

Dubai’s most se­nior se­cu­rity of­fi­cial has urged po­lice to en­sure they are the friendly, smil­ing face of law en­force­ment at all times – and keep their tough side for hard­ened crim­i­nals.

Lt Gen Dhahi Khal­fan Tamim, Deputy Chair­man of Dubai Po­lice and head of Gen­eral Se­cu­rity, gave the speech to of­fi­cers and of­fi­cials as he re­flected on how much law en­force­ment has changed over the years.

Lt Gen Khal­fan was ad­dress­ing an event on hu­man rights and polic­ing or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of In­te­rior.

“Po­lice units could be a bless­ing or a curse,” he said of the Arab re­gion. “Those coun­tries that use po­lice to twist the arms of its cit­i­zens will fail.

“This coun­try’s po­lice of­fi­cers per­form their duties for com­mu­nity mem­bers. Our ethos is to use po­lice’s strength over crim­i­nals, not the com­mu­nity.”

Lt Gen Khal­fan said the im­age of po­lice has changed over the decades, from tough law en­forcers to the im­age they have to­day – guid­ing tourists, driv­ing su­per­cars and polic­ing the streets.

“I re­mem­ber back in the day when I wanted to join Dubai Po­lice, my fa­ther told me that com­mu­nity looks ‘dif­fer­ently’ at the force,” he said.

“I told him that our duty is to change that stereo­type and to con­trib­ute in mak­ing the force closer to the com­mu­nity, and known for serv­ing the pub­lic.

“Ev­ery­one has the right to se­cu­rity. [A sur­vey showed] 98 per cent of UAE res­i­dents feel safe.

“We plan to work harder to achieve the high­est lev­els of se­cu­rity, reach­ing up to 100 per cent.

“Our coun­try has been named among the hap­pi­est coun­tries. All the po­lice forces in the UAE per­form as one team, es­pe­cially when it comes to hu­man­i­tar­ian causes.”

The event was also given an in­sight into how prison in­mates – in­clude some serv­ing life sen­tences – can be worked with to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity and them­selves.

For those who do not face de­por­ta­tion at the end of their sen­tences such as UAE na­tion­als, there is a need to re­form prisoners and teach them new skills, said Brig Ali Al Shamali, direc­tor of the Gen­eral Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tions.

“We help in­mates who learn any job dur­ing their prison time by pro­vid­ing them with an amount of money to start a small pro­ject when they are re­leased,” Brig Al Shamali said.

Mo­hammed Al Ma­jid, the owner of a man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, said that in­mates had helped to build hun­dreds of of­froad ve­hi­cles.

“A to­tal of 500 ve­hi­cles have been built re­cently,” Mr Al Ma­jid said. “We co-op­er­ated with puni­tive and cor­rec­tional depart­ment and or­gan­ised around five work­shops for in­mates to learn about build­ing ve­hi­cles.

“Dozens of in­mates have helped in build­ing quad bikes.”

Satish Ku­mar for The Na­tional

Lt Gen Dhahi Khal­fan Tamim, Deputy Chair­man of Po­lice and Gen­eral Se­cu­rity in Dubai, at the He­maya fo­rum last week

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