The Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, represented by the Cultural and Social Activities Section at the Clubs Department, organized the Friends of the Police Program for children of officers, non-commissioned officers, and civilians working at Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters. A total of 120 officers’ children aged between 6 and 14 years took part in the program, which is taking place during the first semester vacation of the year 2014-2015 at Abu Dhabi Police Officers’ Club.

Colonel Aref Saif Al Shamesi, Head of Clubs and Sports Activities Department, stressed the importance of the program in empowering the young generation with skills that will ultimately benefit them in the future. He added that this year’s program includes a number of cultural activities, an open sports day and several field visits to a number of Police Departments in addition to recreational visits to the Al Samaliya traditional village, the Emirates Park Zoo located in Al Bahia, and the Environment Friends Society.

"A total of 120 officers' children aged between 6 and 14 years enrolled in the two-week program," he added.

In a first visit, the ‘Friends of the Police’ students were acquainted with the tasks and duties of the Operations Rooms at the Directorate General of Central Operations; and were briefed about the services provided to the public. They also visited the Anti-Narcotics Section at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), and were given a number of awareness tips about the risks of drugs. They visited the Al Samaliya traditional village to invest their potential in useful and beneficial activities and to enhance their skills.

The program represents a valuable opportunity to learn about the popular local heritage, and to instill in the youth the values of citizenship, loyalty, and belonging to the homeland and its leadership. The visit also included the Action Zone amusement park located in Al Meena in Abu Dhabi.

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