Major General Mohammed bin Al Awadhi Al Menhali, Assistant Undersecretary of Resources and Support Services, affirmed that the establishment of the Police Officers Training Institute at the Directorate General of Human Resources is the result of the development and advancement drive witnessed by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) over the past few years. He noted that this drive aims to train police officers throughout the different headquarters and general directorates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), develop their skills, refine their expertise and increase their knowledge in public and specialized fields.

He added that the institute is considered as a main source of support in providing different entities within the MoI with highly qualified and trained officers. These officers enable them to execute their duties while dealing with the changes and challenges of our world today, he said. He continued that this allows them to contribute alongside their colleagues in protecting national achievements and preserving the security and stability of the country.

A Training Plan Rich with Generosity and Creativity
Brigadier Mohammed Obeid Salem Obeid Al Dhaheri, Director General of Human Resources at the Ministry of Interior, stressed that the 2016 training plan was set for a new year rich ingenerosity, achievements, creativity, innovation, development and close ties between training and the goals of the ministry’s strategy in all fields. He noted that the year will see endeavors to find solutions to all challenges by addressing issues related to performance methods, achieve higher levels of speed and efficiency in implementing work, provide security services, elevate the levels of performance for departments and their staff, and achieve the highest levels of administrative efficiency. He said that these steps have become a vital necessity to developing the human element and investing in it as per the objectives of theMoI’s security system.

An Active Training Entity
Additionally, Major General Al Menhali underlined that the MoI, by establishing the Police Officers Training Institute, aimed to havetechnically and administratively active staff in training. “In recent years, this institute managed to organize many specialized and general courses, targeting a large number of the ministry’s staff members in various disciplines. This motivates us to emphasize the need for organizing training courses to all authorities countrywide, according to their needs and requirements. Thus, the institute is one of the leading training entities in the UAE,” he noted. Moreover, he stressed that this goal is achievable by developing the capabilities and potential of trainers working in the ministry, enriching and deepening their knowledge and making them more professional in training and dealing with the trainees. “We are also working on developing the content of the training material to ensure that it keeps pace with scientific developments and that itcorresponds to the various aspects of police and security work,” said Major General Al Menhali.

On the same note, Major General Al Menhali indicated that the achievement accomplished by the ministry is undoubtedly due in large part to the training system and plan which we have committed ourselves to applying to all the ministry’s employees. “Training is no longer regarded as an option or a luxury we practice, it has become a strategic tool we adopt to develop the talents and abilities of all the MoI’s staff members and employees. This aims to achieve our professional goals, and to reach the desired objectives that we all seek in order to maintain the national gains that have been accomplished under our wise leadership,” emphasized Major General Al Menhali.

The Establishment of the Institute

For his part, Colonel Dr. Ahmed Al Khuzaimi, Director of the Police Officers Training Institute, explained that the institute was founded in 1992 under Ministerial Resolution No.44, and has been training officers ever since. It is affiliated with the Police College and includes two sections: the Courses Section and the Scientific Coordination Section. In 2015, the institute became affiliated with the Directorate General of Human Resources at the Ministry of Interior pursuant to Ministerial Resolution No.23. The organizational structure of the institute has been fully modified to comprise three sections and ten branches, in line with the reemergenceand development witnessed by the country in various fields.

Police Staff Development
Furthermore, Colonel Al Khuzaimi pointed out that the Police Officers Training Institute is implementing the MoI’s training plan, so as to develop police and security officers at the MoI by providing them with modern knowledge, developed skills and positive behaviors to strengthen their scientific and practical abilities. “This would help them to face unprecedented challenges, most notably new social and economic crimes, environmental crimes, money laundering, organized crime and human trafficking,” said Colonel Al Khuzaimi. Furthermore, he noted that the institute regularly organizes training courses for officers, which include junior, intermediate and senior leadership courses in addition to the constituent specialized courses in the fields of criminal investigation and traffic. “It also holds short courses in the field of management sciences, criminal science, and the development of policing skills. The courses take place in the institute building in Abu Dhabi and the Sharjah Police School building,” he explained. Colonel Al Khuzaimi indicated that the institute also organizes courses for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Arab countries, in the fields of management/leadership development and police sciences.

Emirati Training Competencies
Colonel Al Khuzaimi stressed that the institute’s management employs the best Emirati qualified experts and lecturers for the implementation of the various training programs. It also attracts Arab and foreign experts either working inside or outside the country. “The ratio of Emirati lecturers working at the institute reached 85% of the total number of lecturers in 2015, which had a positive impact on the trainees,” underscored Colonel Al Khuzaimi.

A Virtual Training Hall
Colonel Al Khuzaimi explained that a virtual training hall was set up in 2015, hosting the first course in this area. “During this course, the recruits will be trained on realistic scenarios in the field of traffic and criminal science, which will later betransformed into applications through the 3D technology,” concluded Colonel Al Khuzaimi.

Cooperation with Partners
Colonel Al Khuzaimi highlighted the cooperation and coordination between the institute and the partners both inside and outside of the ministry in order to continuously develop the training programs for the benefit of all trainees. He cited cooperation between the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Institute, the police GHQs,the police academies andinstitutes in the UAE, and the Armed Forces General Command, along with several training authorities within the country.

Moreover, he noted that the institute is committed, during the next phase, to activating and strengthening cooperation with international institutions working in the police field such as INTERPOL, the International Association of Police Academies (INTERPA), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in order to develop work at the institute. He also highlighted the institute’smanagement’s commitment to converting all of its operations and programs to an electronic system and developing the smart training system in line with the federal government’s policy.

Initiatives to Promote Reading

He said that the Police Officers Training Institute has adopted eight initiatives to promote reading among staff members and course participants at the institute, in line with the declaration of 2016 as the “Year of Reading” upon the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

Leadership Training
For his part, Lieutenant Colonel Omran Hamad Al Hameli, Chief of the Leadership Training Section at the institute, said, “The section is implementing special junior leadership course programs for the officers who will be promoted from the rank of Captain to the rank of Major, andintermediateleadership courses for officers who will be promoted from the rank of Major to the rank of LieutenantColonel.” He pointed out that the intermediate leadership courses include several basic components, such as programs for police leadership andsecurity crisis management; the internal security strategy; decision-making; the values of individual and organizational performance; and a number of items related to creativity, innovation, and quality.

Adding further, he said, “The senior leadership courses include programs and materials such as administrative and police operations, the basic concepts of internal security operations, security of population and demographics.” He explained that these programs aim to raise the level of the MoI’s officers and prepare them to fulfill the tasks and duties assigned to them in order to maintain the security and stability of the homeland.”He also explained that the number of courses carried out by the institute in the past five years amounted to 32, with the participation of 928 officers from various police GHQs and departments across the country. He added that the institute carried out one course for senior leadership attended by 24 officers from various police GHQs and departments in the country.

Specialized Training for Officers
For his part, Major Abdullah Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Chief of the Specialized Training Section in the institute said, “The section is responsible for organizing specialized courses and short courses (weekly) for officers in various areas of security and police work in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.” He also pointed out that the specialized courses include the basic and advanced criminal investigation courses and the basic and advanced traffic courses. The short courses include courses in the field of law, criminal security, traffic, human resources and services, occupational health and safety, public relations, management, planning, and innovations.

Concluding, he indicated that the number of courses that have been carried out by the section in the past five years reached 390 courses with the participation of 6,813 officers from various police GHQs and departments across the country.

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