First step taken towards a safe and secure society
A campaign to raise awareness about community policing has been launched in Abu Dhabi with a lively programme of events at a school. 
Senior officers and diplomats visited Pisco Filipino School in the capital. 
It was the first time such a campaign had been launched at a community private school, said a spokesman for the general headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police. 
The effort to promote community policing would be taken to other schools – including public ones – and commu nity organisations. Brigadier Mohammed Al Awadhi Al Minhali, Deputy Director General of Police Operations, took part in last week’s visit. 
He said: “Community policing is a very effective concept to fight and prevent crime. 
“It ensures safety for all and builds confidence in the society. It engages the public to fight crime in partnership with the police. 
“The continuation of communication between all government, national and private establishments, including educational institutions, shall achieve the concept of community policing. This is the right and the easiest way to achieve the best results to protect the community from crime and maintain order and security.” Also present at last week’s event was Adelio Angelito Cruz, First Secretary and Consul at the Philippines Embassy. 
Students presented a variety of activities at the event highlighting the role of community policing in achieving a peaceful and prosperous society where different communities lived in harmony and helped each other. 
The youngsters wore colourful costumes as they took part in cultural performances including singing and dancing. There were various competitions, including one for painting that expressed the role of community policing in protecting society.
Al Minhali presented the winners with prizes, certificates and trophies. 
Cruz, speaking on behalf of the embassy, community and the school, thanked the Abu Dhabi Police for selecting Pisco as the venue for the campaign launch. He also thanked Al Minhali and other senior officials for attending the event. 
“It is an honour for the community and the school to host such an important programme,” he said.
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