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A community force

posted on 02/12/2006: 2909 views

The police force has grown with Dubai and ensured it has remained a safe, low-crime city. While each emirate's police force plays a vital role in keeping the residents safe, Dubai Police has had the extra challenge of dealing with a burgeoning population and the resulting growth in infrastructure.

From 29 officers 50 years ago to today's 15,000, the police force has grown with Dubai and ensured it has remained a safe, low-crime city.

Today, Dubai Police is seen as a community police force that cooperates with the public and also expects cooperation from the community.

Launch of Dubai Police

The late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who ordered the launch of regular police, established Dubai Police in January 1956. After the order, civil guards who used to protect souqs were promoted as regular police.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, now Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence, was appointed head of police and security. He concentrated on building national powers to take charge of various departments of the police. Naif Fort was the first location of Dubai Police.

New headquarters

By 1960, there were 105 police officers. In 1967, the number increased to 430 officers while the population of Dubai then was less than 30,000. In 1973, the Dubai Police Headquarters moved to the Al Tawar area on Al Etihad Street and in 2006 moved to brand new headquarters nearby.

Achievements and prizes

Dubai Police is the first Arab police force to apply DNA testing in criminal investigations, the first to use electronic fingerprinting and the first to know and implement a paperless department concept. Dubai Police has been recognised for all their achievements, both locally and internationally.

Dubai Police was among the first to utilise the Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) using Loran C signals in the Gulf (in the mid-80s even before many European and American countries adopted it) and now is the first to use satellite and GPS for Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL).

Dubai Police was also the first Arab force to adopt a community policing programme, and was the first police force to establish a human rights department.

TIMELINE: Growing in strength

1956 - Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum issued a decree establishing the first police force in Dubai and appointing Captain Peter H. Claiton as chief of the force

1958-1965 - British Major Peter George Loremer became the second head of the police force in 1958 during a tenure that was described as 'harsh'

1965-1975 - Major Loremer was replaced by Jack Bricks, a former officer of the British forces in Palestine

1975-1980 - The chief of Dubai Police was Colonel Abdullah Khalfan Abu Elhoul, with Colonel Mohammad Saeed Al Gaith as Deputy Commandant General. At the time, Dubai Police was made up of 10 departments

1980-2006 - Dubai Police have operated under the leadership of Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, who started with Dubai Police in 1970 and held several positions before being appointed as acting chief from 1977 to 1980. In March 1980, he was promoted to Colonel and appointed Chief of Dubai Police, becoming the youngest police chief in the world

1985 - Dubai Police began a process of computerisation for basic functions such as registering and renewing car registrations and issuing driving licences, with the criminal investigation system included in 1986

1994 - Dubai Police initiated a computerised system for checking fingerprints

1999 - Dubai Police launched their website

2001 - The Electronic Services Department was launched, when the

chief suggested connecting all the departments through one specially designated department

2006 - Dubai Police now has a 15,000-strong force, with e-service capabilities forensics, traffic, criminal investigation, state security and cavalry. (Gulf News)


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