The Third Regional Women Conference concluded its activities yesterday at Zayed University’s Convention Center in Khalifa City Abu Dhabi. Organized by the Emirates Women Police Association (EWPA) under the theme, ‘Women Police ... the Leadership of Sustainable Development’, the Conference reviewed and discussed various topics related to policing.

On the third day, the conference witnessed four workshops. The first workshop tackled the Emirati project to replace the expression ‘Evidence Collection Process’ with ‘Evidential Investigation’. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Abdullah Ahmad Al Sheikh, Associate Professor of Criminal Investigations at the Police College.

The lecturer discussed the aspects of extraordinary investigations carried out by the judicial officers; the tasks entrusted to the police in criminal cases; and the Emirati project for criminal case procedures, in addition to the anticipated results and coveted goals, and required amendments.

The second workshop, which was moderated by First Lieutenant Elham Al Muaini, Head of the Innovation Section at the Ministry of Interior focused on developing skills, innovation, and creativity. The lecturer spoke about the concept of innovation and its importance, as well as the role of leaders in implementing the concepts of innovation, providing an innovative work environment, and qualifying human resources.

She also discussed the UAE Vision; the innovation trends, and the government innovation channels. She also shed the light on the Ministry of Interior’s innovation strategy and its vision, to ensure that the UAE remain one of the safest and most secure countries in the world.

In the third workshop, Colonel Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Deputy Director General, Anti-Narcotics Federal General Directorate at the Ministry of Interior, gave an overview on synthetic drugs and their impact on national economy. He also explained the manufacturing methods of synthetic drugs, and their adverse effects on individuals and society.

He also reviewed the different types of drugs and the adverse effects on health, society, economy and on security, caused by the prevalence of this scourge amongst community members. Colonel Al Owais also stressed the UAE’s commitment to contribute efforts in the fight against drugs, by reinforcing cooperation and coordination with other countries.

Moreover, Colonel Al Owais pointed out to the efforts exerted by the UAE to combat synthetic drugs. To this end, the competent authorities in the UAE are enacting laws and taking the appropriate measures to combat the prevalence of this scourge, as well as organizing training and awareness programs to boost community members’ awareness about the dangers of drugs.

The fourth workshop, delivered by Captain Ghaida Ali Abdullah, from the Criminal Investigation Department at the Abu Dhabi Police, focused on cybercrimes. The lecturer tackled the concept of cybercrimes, and highlighted the efforts exerted by the Abu Dhabi Police to track down and prevent such crimes by establishing the electronic evidence forensic laboratory at the CID.

She explained the objectives of the laboratory, which include collecting and analyzing electronic evidence to support police work and counter cybercrimes.

In conclusion, a panel session was organized in order to answer questions and inquiries of participants at the workshops.

Major Amnah Mohammed Al Bloushi, Chairwoman of the Emirates Women Police Association (EWPA) honored the lecturers who delivered the workshops, and exchanged commemorative shields with participating delegations.

The closing ceremony was attended by Brigadier Ahmed Mohammed Nehkairah, Head of Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Interior; Colonel Saif Saeed Al Shamesi, Head of the Cultural and Social Activities Section at the Clubs Department; Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Abdullah Al Khouri, Police College Deputy Director; in addition to a number of officers, male and female cadets, and female university students at the Police College.

 It is worth mentioning that the conference, which took place at Zayed University’s Convention Center in Khalifa City Abu Dhabi, included a flurry of activities on the second day. Participants reviewed and discussed a number of security topics.

Four workshops were held on the second day of the conference. The first workshop tackled ‘Modern strategies to develop perceptions and sense of security’. The workshop was moderated by Colonel Khalifa Mohammed Al Zaabi, Head of the Employees Performance Appraisal Department at the Ministry of Interior.

Colonel Al Zaabi discussed the importance of social media and the proper ways to deal with these sites and protect privacy. He stressed the importance of refraining from publishing personal photos in order to maintain one’s personal security.

The second workshop tackled the appropriate methods to combat intellectual radicalism. Lieutenant Colonel Salem Abdullah Al Habsi, from the General Directorate of Central Operations at the Ministry of Interior, gave an overview of intellectual radicalism, its causes and the connection between intellectual radicalism and terrorism. He also discussed the role of women in the fight against terrorism, as well as the efforts and role of the UAE in fighting leaders of violence, extremism, and terrorism.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Habsi emphasized the valuable role of women in combating radicalism within society, by instilling the proper and righteous behaviors in community members. He said: “The UAE has dedicated significant attention to support and empower women, by providing them with the necessary resources to enable them to assume highest positions.”

The lecturer also noted that the UAE have signed many agreements and conventions that denounce violence and radicalism, and issued numerous laws and legislations that reflect their commitment to fighting radicalism and terrorism, as well as protecting human and child rights.

In conclusion, Lieutenant Colonel Al Habsi noted that terrorism and radicalism have no religion, race, country, or nationality; stressing that the UAE is committed to spreading values of tolerance and moderation among community members.

Colonel Dr. Eng. Ibrahim Hamad Al Hinai, Deputy Head of the Diwan Department at the Abu Dhabi Police, presented the third workshop. He discussed big data governance, the challenges that face the Security Information Department and its role in providing decision-makers with accurate security data and information.

The fourth workshop tackled the topic of combating corruption in organizations. Lt. Colonel Matar Al Muhairi, Head of the Anti-Corruption Department at the Abu Dhabi Police, gave a definition of corruption according to the Islamic doctrine, and to international organizations. He also shed the light on examples of corruption, its causes and prevalence in institutions, as well as its adverse impacts. He also discussed the means to combat corruption by raising awareness of community members, instilling righteous behaviors, and encouraging community members to report corruption.

Lt. Colonel Al Muhari gave an overview of the efforts exerted by the UAE in the fight against corruption, by acceding to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, and marking the International Anti-Corruption Day.

Towards the end of the second day, a panel session was organized in order to answer questions and inquiries of participants at the workshops.

Major Amnah Mohammed Al Bloushi, Chairwoman of the Emirates Women Police Association (EWPA) honored the lecturers who delivered the workshops, and exchanged commemorative shields with some participating delegations.

Conference of Leadership and Excellence

Brigadier Ahmed Mohammed Nehkairah, Head of Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Interior, stressed the Ministry of Interior’s commitment to grant great attention to women cadre. He said that such conferences, which bring together women police experts from the UAE and the world, are testament to the fundamental and important presence of women in the security and police institution. Brigadier Nehkairah noted that the Third Regional Conference of Women Police has been instrumental in the transfer of knowledge in the various security fields on the local, Arab and international level.

Brigadier Dr. Mariam Abdel Mahmoud Suleiman from the Women Police in Sudan, expressed her overwhelming amazement over the wide scale progress and transformation achieved by women police in the UAE. She noted that the conference has been a meeting place to share the ideas and experiences of women police in the region and around the world. She also added that the Regional Conference of Women Police is a leadership and excellence conference that sheds the light on the progress and prosperity achieved by women in all areas of police and security work; as well as her influential role in combating the various types of crime.

For her part, First Brigadier Masuda Kheira, Algerian Security official, praised the Third Regional Conference of Women Police, and said that it is the world’s largest and most prestigious gathering of women police. She continued: “The conference is a valuable opportunity to share experiences and expertise of women police around the world and Arab women police.  It is also an opportunity to acquaint the world with the significant achievements of women police in Algeria and Maghreb; and to avail of the experiences and expertise of the Emirati women police, which already gained both Arab and international renown, in order to reinforce our own field expertise.”

Colonel Mona Abdulraheem, Women Police Director, Kingdom of Bahrain, expressed her sincere thanks to Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif n Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, for his kind patronage of the Third Regional Conference of Women Police. “It is a pleasure to return to the welcoming United Arab Emirates, which have brought us together for the third time to celebrate Arab and international women police. This prestigious conference has provided the opportunity to brainstorm ideas, exchange experiences and expertise, which contribute to support and reinforce the presence of women in police work,” she explained.

Colonel Wafaa Ayad, Head of the Family and Juvenile Protection Department in Palestine, said that: “The Third Regional Conference of Women Police is a highly important opportunity to get acquainted and exchange purposeful ideas, for both, women security agencies and individuals, on the regional, international or Arab level. The conference has tackled a wide range of strategic issues that keep pace with the rapidly evolving developments witnessed by our region; especially intellectual radicalism and the drugs scourge. Raising and discussing these issues with an elite group of Arab and international experts contributes to reinforcing and instilling the sense of security in women police staff members’ from different countries.” Colonel Ayad commended the efficient and distinguished presence of the women police in the UAE, and their deep-rooted commitment to their causes and their community; which reflects positively on the various Arab countries and becomes a strong incentive for others to follow the same approach.

For her part, Colonel Hana Mahmoud Ali Al Afghani, Head of the Women Police Department in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, said: “As we take part for the third time in the Regional Conference of Women Police in the United Arab Emirates, we cannot but commend the remarkable development and prosperity achieved by the Emirati women police year after year. The conference, since its establishment, has been an event dedicated particularly to empower women and support their support in the police.”

Dr. Farida Al Harthy, head of the Chemistry Department at the Oman Police Crime Lab, explained that Arab women have made impressive quantum leaps in several sectors that remained male-dominated in the last century. “Women have proved their strong presence in several sensitive and delicate fields requiring high efficiency, especially in the military, security and police fields. Emirati women have made successful and distinguished strides in these fields, and have proved highly efficient in performance alongside their fellow men,” she said.

Colonel Manal Atef, from the Office of the Minister of Interior at the Egyptian Human Rights Sector, praised the Regional Conference of Women Police, which she described as a Conference for leadership and sustainable development in different policing fields, where women are key partners in various economic, social, cultural development sectors and security fields. She said: “Women are the mother, sister and wife and are in charge of building the family. Since society is made up of a group of families, if these families are strong and cohesive, society will remain strong and cohesive, capable of tackling all types of crime in light of the rapidly evolving changes in today’s world.” In conclusion, she emphasized that women have a strategic and fundamental role in nurturing conscious and well educated generations capable of protecting the community.

Najat El Jawadi, Police Governor, head of Sub-Department of Social Protection at the Ministry of Interior in Tunis, said: “Even though it’s my first time at the Regional Conference of Women Police, I have sensed, through the variety of meetings and workshops, that the conference tackles strategic objectives aimed at increasing the presence of women in national security agencies and structures in Arab countries.

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