Organised by the Dubai Police General Command, the UAE’s first community policing forum kicked off earlier today (Tuesday) at the Dubai Frame with the aim of highlighting the importance of maintaining a positive relationship between law enforcement agencies and members of the community.
Operating under the motto “Community Safety is a Shared Responsibility”, the forum was attended by senior police officers from the Singapore Police, Ministry of Interior in UAE, Abu Dhabi Police, Sharjah Police, Ajman Police, Umm Al Quwain Police, Ras Al Kahimah Police, and Fujairah Police. It was also attended by officials from the Community Development Authority (CDA) and Dubai Municipality.
“As policing continues to evolve and new policing models such as intelligence-led policing and evidence-based policing arise, community-oriented policing remains an effective way to promote public safety and to enhance the quality of life in a community” Maj. Gen. Al Mansouri said.
Lieutenant Colonel Aref Beshou, Director of Crime Prevention at Dubai Police, said police and their communities only thrive when they work closely together and have a high degree of trust between them, and that’s why Dubai Police has introduced many communication channels with the community and has always been keen on being present at all community-based initiatives.
AC Chinn explained that Singapore’s Community Engagement plan consists of three tiers namely: Awareness, Participation and Involvement aims at engaging the community on interest-based themes rather than geographical locations.