As part of the child protection initiative, the Abu Dhabi Police carried out an extensive training program in collaboration with the Scottish Police College in the United Kingdom in the areas of child protection from harm and abuse. The training program focused on boosting the efficiency of police staff members in dealing with various situations. The program was attended by 52 trainees from various police stations, and from the Investigations, Crime Scene, Community Police and Social Support Departments.

Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection, stressed the importance of the program in exchanging expertise and honing skills in  a bid to enhance police staff members’ role in protecting children against risks.

Adding further, Major General Al Nuaimi noted that the program was implemented in accordance with the best international practices adopted by police forces in developed countries. “This would promote the continuous development and improvement of police procedures and allow the police institution to keep abreast of any new developments and practices applicable in this area,” he explained. Furthermore, Major General Al Nuaimi indicated that the program embodies the Abu Dhabi Police’s strategy to become a leading country in the field of child protection; and a regional role model for its efforts to promote   protection and security of children.

For his part, Major Dr. Mohammed Khalifa Al Ali, Director of the Child Protection Initiative at Abu Dhabi Police, underlined that the training program focused on acquainting staff members with the importance of child protection, especially in early childhood. It also tackled the foundations that shape children’s growth and development, as well as their mental, social, physical and emotional health. In conclusion, Major Al Ali said that the participants have been trained on the means to handle all types of reports and notifications involving children and the optimal ways to interview children, taking into account their maturity level and their ability to fully comprehend the situation.

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