On Sunday morning, the activities of the GCC Security Education and Training Forum kicked off at the Park Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi under the slogan “Competency Based Police Training”. The UAE is hosting this event for the first time and is organized by the Police College in cooperation with the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The five-day forum will witness the participation of cadets from police colleges, academies, and institutes from the GCC states.

Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Abdullah Al Khouri, Police College Deputy Director, attended the forum’s inauguration ceremony alongside department heads, a number of officers, Police College faculty; and officers form police colleges, academies, and institutes in the GCC states.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Khouri noted in his speech that the education and training sector in the GCC has witnessed unprecedented development over the recent years. He also noted that this development was the result of the vision of the wise leadership and of their continuous support for education and development, as they consider these to be the fundamental building blocks of capabilities and development.

He also explained that the police officer, regardless of his positions, feels pride for working in a profession that requires unrivaled qualifications. Among the most important objectives set to achieve a comprehensive security system, the police leadership emphasize the development of professional values through the construction of social communication channels, and through the strengthening of cooperation between police and society members.

Additionally, he pointed out that the forum was recommended by the GCC Ministers of the Interior Council, and by the heads and directors of police colleges and institutes in GCC states. The objective of organizing this forum is to: activate the role of education and training institutes in the GCC states; to double the expected outcomes by coordinating with each police entity; to exchange of expertise and opportunities; and to benefit from other training institute experiences.

Concluding his speech, Lieutenant Colonel Al Khouri wished that the forum achieves its objectives and wished everyone success. He prayed for Allah Almighty to bestow the blessings of safety and security upon the GCC region under the leadership of its leaders.

 The first session of the forum was headed by Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Nasser Al Baker, Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Police College. Dr. Gassan Al Omari, Associate Professor in Administration at the Police College, presented a paper that discussed recent trends in police education and training. He also discussed education methods to acquire knowledge, skills, and trends that lead to fostering such capabilities. He noted that hard work is the foundation of learning.

Dr. Al Omari also discussed the effects of the environment on the student and learning process in addition to the recent trends in education, and of the importance of investing in education.

For his part, Dr. Faleh Abdul Qader Al Houri, Associate Professor in Administration at the Police College, presented a paper regarding the concepts of police training and its role in providing members with modern knowledge and skills in the police field.

Dr. Al Houri also discussed the topic of knowledge-based training, and of the modern training trends and tools.

Towards the end of the session, the questions and inquiries of the participants were addressed and answered.

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