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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. 

 

Soft Power 
In his opening speech, Expert Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs at Dubai Police, described community policing as the soft power which facilitates crime prevention and helps enhance the quality of life. He added that it is imperative that law enforcement agencies invest time in their communities so they can build relationships and gain the public's confidence.

“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. 

Working Closely 

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.

 

Singapore’s Journey 
 
AC Shng Yunn Chinn, Director of Community Partnership Department at the Singapore Police Force, joined the forum through web and presented a paper highlighting the Force’s Community Engagement Masterplan 2030 which aims at strengthening trust with the community, empowering community that takes “ownership of safety & security”, and developing community engagement as a centre of expertise. 

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.

 

“When the police are present in the neighbourhood, residents feel more secure. This feeling of security helps the police establish trust within the community. As citizens become more active in protecting their community, they start to understand what officers do on daily basis. This improves police-community relations. Ultimately, quality of life and crime is prevented,” he said.
 

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