Respect for the law and commitment to its rules is a civilized behavior that reflects the level of education and awareness of the community about the importance of the law, which provides true protection and security to advanced societies, where social justice prevails and ensures respect of all laws and regulations. To achieve this goal, it is vitally important to instill the law respect culture in the youth at an early age, as a social and moral value that promotes the sense of belonging, and enhances patriotism.

Given the importance of instilling the law respect culture in the early stages of life, the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters has dedicated several events and conferences to the subject. It tackled the instrumental role of families and social institutions in familiarizing children with law respect, as a cultural behavior to help prevent crime, and the need for mothers to invest their time in teaching law respect to their children for the benefit of all community members.

Rule of Law

Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Salah Obeid Al Ghoul, Director of Law Respect Culture Bureau, the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, said that the early stages of law respect should begin at home. “The family is responsible of the legal education; because laws have been enacted to provide permanent protection for all community members. Therefore, full compliance with these laws is an obligation that is dictated by the higher interest of the country and its people. Preserving the rule of law ensures a safe and secure crime-free society for all,” he said.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Ghoul explained that establishing the law culture can only be achieved through two integrated methodologies. The first one begins around the house and at school, by inculcating s this important concept in the young generations. Hence, the need to qualify both parents to fulfill this valuable task; indications have shown an insufficiency in this regard. Most violations committed by young people are mainly due to the negligence of the parents, even though neglect is an offence punishable by the law. The second methodology requires concerted efforts from various authorities, government departments and civil society organizations, in order to establish the law respect culture amongst all members of the community.

A Collective Responsibility

For his part, Colonel Mohammed Ahmed Al Hosani, Deputy Director of the Social Support Centers Department of Abu Dhabi Police, stated that implanting the law respect culture is a collective responsibility of the family, the school and all entities that are concerned with children’s affairs. He pointed that parents and schools play a valuable part in acquainting children with their rights and duties, and in familiarizing them with the need to respect the laws as a moral principle and value that cannot be violated. Advanced societies have succeeded in investing in childhood, In order to teach children the fundamental aspects of law respect culture, out of the firm belief in the old proverb that says: “Knowledge in Youth is Wisdom in Age”.

Colonel Al Hosani noted that the family is the basic pillar of a child’s personality. It is responsible for implanting in him the necessary skills and habits. The school reinforces and supports the education received by the child at home, including security education, law respect culture, and a feeling of personal self-integrity, which prompt children to implement these cultures as a daily behavior.

Major Mona Khalifa, Administrative Affairs Branch Manager at the Punitive and Correctional Establishments Department at Abu Dhabi Police, emphasized the complementary role of the police and the community in promoting the law respect culture. This role goes far beyond solving family disputes; it includes a much wider and comprehensive dimension, and an additional responsibility, as it involves promoting the law respect culture amongst families to educate children and acquaint them with their valuable future role in building a secure and stable community.

A Strategic Plan

For her part, Lieutenant Maysa Hammad, Deputy Director of the Emirates Women Police Association, confirmed the commitment of the Association to educate families, as it has pledged since its formation. She noted that, as policewomen and mothers, they have the ability to deal with children at the various stages of their life. Furthermore, she added that the association is constantly communicating with mothers, who are more than willing to implant the law respect culture in their children.

Lieutenant Hammad explained that the law respect culture tops the list of priorities in the Association’s strategic plans, which will be carried out in schools and child care centers. As part of these plans, seminars and educational lectures for mothers will be organized with a view to promote this aspect and shed light on the need for children to be taught respect for the law, as a law-respecting child will be less likely to commit violations than others.

For his part, Ahmed Kamal, (an employee), expressed his hope that civil society organizations will help to promote the role of families and the police in implanting the law respect culture in young generations. “This culture plays a major role in protecting children from crime, in light of the technology war that is invading all societies,” he said.

Kamal appealed to parents, especially mothers, to pay attention to children and to not leave children in the care of the nannies, who are poorly educated in most cases. “As we know, ‘you cannot give what you lack’. Mothers who implant the importance of law respect in their children at a young age, will help bring up law-abiding good citizens in the future” he concluded.
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