The Abu Dhabi Police launched on Saturday a community-based initiative to encourage reading among inmates. The initiative falls within the framework of the ‘2016, Year of Reading in the UAE’ initiative launched by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and aims at collecting used books from Abu Dhabi Police staff members and the public in all  languages and human knowledge fields.

Abdullah Shaheen, Media Expert at the Security Media department at Abu Dhabi Police and supervisor of the initiative, explained that the initiative, which was launched under the slogan “Used Books; Recycling for Education’, is the result of the fruitful collaboration between the Press Branch and the Electronic Club section. The initiative aims to give new life to used books and to foster a culture of knowledge exchange adopted by the Abu Dhabi Police, in order to achieve the optimal benefit from books; not only as a collectible item, but as a tool for ongoing benefit and knowledge exchange. This approach stems from the firm belief in the importance of reading and education in correcting individual behavior and providing positive and constructive guidance, not to mention the other environmental and community-based benefits.

Shaheen noted that the Security Media Department has started installing dropboxes dedicated for used book donations in reception areas at its service departments. This would allow staff members and the public to take part in this initiative and to donate their unwanted books. These books will be sorted and classified and will make a valuable addition to libraries at the Punitive and Correctional Establishments sector and others.

Major Ashayma' Taleb Hussein, Chief of the e-Club Section at the Strategy and Performance Development at Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, said that the initiative is a unique innovative approach by Abu Dhabi Police. ”This approach reflects the ADP’s keenness to keep pace with any purposeful activity taking place in society and to be the leading entity to participate in and support any efforts that will benefit society by educating  and enhancing awareness of community members. These measures will have a positive impact and reinforce the opportunities to promote security and stability,” she said.

Major Hussein also noted that the initiative will be ongoing throughout the year. A specialized committee has been formed to collect the donated books, sort them by theme and restore and bind them; to allow a significant number of people to peruse them and benefit from them.

For her part, media figure Aisha Al Shehhi, coordinator of the initiative, revealed that the first phase of the initiative will target inmates of the correctional and punitive establishments (men, women and juveniles), in order to inculcate a culture of reading amongst them. This will contribute to developing their cultural and cognitive abilities, improve their academic and professional attainment and help them fill their leisure time with purposeful educational activities. The initiative will be later on expanded to include other institutions and society segments wishing to have free access to those books.

It is worth mentioning that used books donation dropboxes are available at a number of police and service departments, notably; the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters building; the Police Departments Complex; the Criminal Investigation Department (CID); the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department; the Capital Police Directorate; the Police Officers Club; the Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department; the Traffic and Patrols Directorate; the Crime Scene Department; the Weapons and Explosives Department; the Air Wing Department; the Directorate General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi; the Abu Dhabi Civil Defense General Directorate; the Police College; the Procurement and Warehouses Department; the Punitive and Correctional Establishments Department; the Medical Services Department; the  Specialized Qualification Department and the Community Police Department.
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