Women VIPs in the UAE or even special visitors to the country can now look beyond the gender equation when it comes to their escorts.
With 15 women clearing a specialised course conducted by the Department of Training at the Abu Dhabi General Police Directorate, the path has been cleared for female police personnel to take on the mantle of protecting and accompanying women VIPs.
The 15 successful candidates were drawn from among various sections and departments of the law-enforcement agencies in the country. The course was held at the Women Police Training and Rehabilitation Section, an affiliate of the Human Resources General Department of the directorate.
A team of expert female instructors from France delivered lectures and imparted skills to the shortlisted cops on ensuring the safety of women VIP's visiting the UAE. A graduation ceremony to mark the conclusion of the course was held and attended, among others, by Colonel Bernard Fando, regional police attache at the French embassy in UAE.
Speaking on the occasion, Major Dr Eman Al Jabri, section head of training and rehabilitation of policewomen, paid rich tributes to Lieutenant-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, for enabling women play a greater role in the police force and to prove their worth as important and effective members of society alongside men.
Women in the police would help uphold the commitment and standards synonymous with the UAE's standing as a domain of peace and order, said Dr Eman.
She stressed on the importance of the course as one offering practical exposure besides strong theoretical conditioning and thanked the French training team for making a success of it.