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The Abu Dhabi Police is the primary law enforcement agency in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi was founded in 1957 and Police is primarily responsible for enforcing criminal law, enhancing public safety, maintaining order and keeping the peace throughout the Emirate. it is among the best police forces in the Middle East. It focuses on being the most effective police force that operate to make UAE one of the safest countries. To achieve this the Abu Dhabi police aim at enhancing the levels of safety in the community, maintaining order and security, reducing crime and eliminating feelings of insecurity, and contributing to the achievement of justice in a manner that promotes public. The police force is headed by the Commander General of Abu Dhabi Police and has five departments with over 12,000 police officers

The Abu Dhabi Police also works closely in conjunction with local, national and international agencies to contribute to global peace and stability. Integrity, honesty and respect for human rights are the core values of the Abu Dhabi Police while the notion of public service is a central pillar in Abu Dhabi police thinking. Embraced as a legitimate partner by the community, the Abu Dhabi Police pursue efficiency and effectiveness through the use of the latest technological advancements and systems management practices. By incorporating the best of the old with the best of the new, Abu Dhabi Police has achieved the flexibility, adaptability and durability required to be widely regarded as one of the world's leading law enforcement agencies.

The success of the Abu Dhabi police has been achieved by the police playing a direct role to enhance harmony in society. The community speaks their views without fear. To achieve this, police are encouraged to improve community quality of life by participating in social economic welfare, encouraging equality, promoting cultural understanding and unity, encouraging non-violent lifestyle which enhances respect to one another giving rise to justice. Therefore, harmony contributes to crime free society, fear free society and quality life.

The General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police works to achieve its goals for.
To be the most operationally effective police force possible in one of the safest countri ABU DHABI // Officials today announced widescale improvements and alterations to the emirate's roads in the hope that they will lead to another big change: improved safety. A design manual unveiled by the Urban Planning Council (UPC) will guide the design of future roads. But in the present, Department of Transport officials say improvements to the 327km Al Mafraq-Al Ghweifat motorway should erase its reputation as the most dangerous road in Abu Dhabi. Fourteen per cent of the emirate's wrecks occurred on the motorway in 2007. Ibrahim al Hmoudi of the UPC's transport section said good street design would be "vital to safety and quality of life to the people of Abu Dhabi". One of the UPC's proposed changes is to reduce the number of lanes on Abu Dhabi roads from three to two. That would allow pavements to be widened for bicycle lanes or shade for pedestrians. Mr al Hmoudi said it also would lead to a natural calming effect, reducing speeds on the roads. The so-called superblock layout in the capital would be broken up by intersections and more zebra crossings, which would increase crossing opportunities for pedestrians. In the future, the capital's streets also will have fewer right lanes at traffic lights, meaning all vehicles must stop for traffic, making it easier to cross roads on foot. Alterations of Khalifa bin Zayed Street will begin next year, with the UPC recommendations likely to be rolled out in Al Ain and Al Gharbia later. The move was welcomed on the street yesterday, with Limbo Ramez, a Nepalese electrician, saying it was crucial to close up unofficial pedestrian crossings. "It is not just me, it is everybody," he said. "If there is no gap, nobody will cross - very simple." Among the improvements announced by the transport department yesterday for the Al Mafraq-Al Ghweifat motorway, which will cost about Dh40 million (US$11m), were new warning signs and the closing of dangerous U-turns, where drivers face turning into oncoming traffic at high speeds. The motorway, the main thoroughfare between the capital and the Saudi border, is heavily used by es in the world.
"Our purpose is to bring about a safer society, to maintain stability, to reduce crime and contribute to the delivery of justice in a way which secures and maintains public confidence."
• Controlling crime.
• Increasing community confidence in police and public safety services.
• Maintaining security and safety in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
• Making the roads safer.
• Making the most of our people/staff through the implementation of the best international practices.
• Providing all policing operations with functional support.

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the emirates in the UAE, and is seen as one of the technology leaders in the
Middle East. The Abu Dhabi Police Force (a department of the Ministry of Interior) is in charge of planning, security programs and supervision of tasks and duties of police stations.
As part of a programme of modernisation, His Highness
Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Interior, commissioned worldwide research to find the most suitable solution to establish best practice for police communications. As a result the TETRA Committee was set up and visited a number of sites looking at best of breed communication networks, platforms and systems from some of the most technologically advanced police forces in the world. During that process, the Committee visited the UK Airwave Pilot site at Lancashire
Constabulary. Here they saw APD’s CORTEXTM in operational use - the first TETRA based Emergency
Services Integrated Communications and Control
System in the world.
Following on from the research undertaken by the TETRA
Committee, EADS was chosen to provide a digital TETRA network and APD was selected to supply the Control Room, despatch, mobile data and vehicle location applications.
The Abu Dhabi Police system is now operational, with a state of the art demand resolution and incident management solution, providing both officers and public with a resilient and flexible communications systemThe Solution
APD supplies complete end to end control room systems.
Our ‘Demand Resolution and Incident Management’ portfolio, manages all aspects of an incident; call handling, despatch, officer support, tracking and mobile data, all integrating to form a single, seamless solution.
Abu Dhabi’s system comprises the CORTEX Integrated
Communications Control System, STORM CAD system,
POLARISTM mobile data and INCATM vehicle location.
Instead of a host of operators with several telephones, various intercoms and radios, each operator now manages all incoming and outgoing communications using touchscreen monitors. Not only is there noticeable noise reduction in the Control Room meaning it is a better environment in which to work but there have also been significant increases in efficiency and effectiveness.
APD’s CORTEX is available in a number of languages and in the Abu Dhabi Control Rooms, the screens are presented in Arabic. Training on the system and supporting documentation was delivered in both Arabic and English, with on-going support offered by our in-region engineers
Currently, five Control Rooms have been commissioned throughout Abu Dhabi, with the system capable of running in excess of 500 positions. One of the rooms is a fully operational TETRA training facility, ensuring that operators are fully conversant with this intuitive system before they go live. A fully suited system is also located in the UK, allowing for training and support functions to be carried out in a professional manner.
APD’s CORTEX and Steria’s STORM work together in the Control Rooms to ensure that seamless communication between operators and front line officers is achieved.
All communication is dynamically managed, prioritised and presented to operators’ touchscreens.
APD’s POLARIS Mobile Data is delivered via in-vehicle
Microbus Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs). Officers can receive incidents from the Control Room, access their own in-house databases and carry out vehicle and traffic enquiries whilst on patrol.
The need for officers to make decisions in the field is an important part of policing, both in terms of speed of incident resolution and their own job satisfaction. Remote access to these databases means that officers now have the most up to date information at their fingertips when and where they
INCA, APD’s intelligent in-vehicle unit which not only provides real time tracking of units but also delivers historical data for management information purposes, has been in use by Abu Dhabi Police since 2005.
They now have around 500 vehicles with INCA installed, integrating with the STORM map client and displaying vehicle movement in the Control Rooms.
Speed of response is an essential part of day to day policing, and each workstation is able to use the information from the INCAs to pinpoint a location and ensure that the nearest vehicle is despatched to an incident.
It was vital to Abu Dhabi Police that all the communications, command, control and computer applications merged into an integrated 4Ci solution to ensure that decision making officers and operators always have the best and most up to date information available. APD has delivered a solution where all Control Room components have been joined together to provide this 4Ci single, fully integrated solution, delivering mission-critical information to both front line officers and Control Room dispatch.
APD assumed responsibility for delivering the whole solution and a plan was developed to ensure in-region presence on a 24 hour basis by APD personnel, as well as enhanced training for Abu Dhabi Police engineers.
As an organisation supporting mission-critical systems worldwide, APD is used to adapting and tailoring processes to fit into a variety of cultures. APD engineers have worked in the country from the beginning of the installation and
Project Managers have handled the implementation with a hands on and collaborative approach. The engineers from
APD and Abu Dhabi Police have worked in partnership from day one and training has been delivered both in-region and at APD’s offices in the UK.
The use of the dedicated Training Suite proved essential in the successful ‘go live’ of this project. In the weeks prior to the system becoming fully operational, the training room was utilised round the clock, in preparation for taking the General
Head Quarters (GHQ) Control Room live
As part of a programme of modernisation, His Highness Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Interior, commissioned worldwide research to find the most suitable solution to establish best practice for police communications. As a result the TETRA Committee was set up and visited a number of sites looking at best of breed communication networks, platforms and systems from some of the most technologically advanced police forces in the world. During that process, the Committee visited the UK Airwave Pilot site at Lancashire Constabulary.
Here they saw APD’s CORTEXTM in operational use - the first TETRA based Emergency Services Integrated Communications and Control System in the world. Following on from the research undertaken by the TETRA Committee, EADS was chosen to provide a digital TETRA network and APD was selected to supply the Control Room, despatch, mobile data and vehicle location applications.
Since the formation of the Abu Dhabi Police in 1957, the evolution of the police has occurred in four primary stages:

Foundation Stage: 1957- 1966
• Abu Dhabi Police was formed in 1957 by the then ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Shakbut bin Al Nahyan.
• There were 80 police officers with tasks that included guarding royal locations, markets and banks. They were also required to monitor boats in the surrounding waters, as well as bring people before the ruler that wanted to voice concerns and have disputes addressed.
• By 1959 the number of police officers had grown to more than 150 and the Police Department was located north of Al-Hosn Palace in the centre of Abu Dhabi City.

Building Stage: 1966- 1979
• The Building Stage of Abu Dhabi Police occurred following the accession of the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004). As the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the first President of the United Arab Emirates, a post he held for over 30 years (1971-2004), Sheikh Zayed gave considerable attention to the development of the Abu Dhabi Police.
• On November 1, 1971, Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan issued an order to recognize the government apparatus through the establishment of various Ministries and the Council of Ministers in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Among these Ministries was the Minister of Interior (under regulation of Ministry of Interior No.8 of 1971). The Abu Dhabi Police turned into the local Ministry of Interior and thus attained the responsibilities of the local Ministry of Interior.
• Under the regulation of Ministry of Interior No.8 of 1971, the Abu Dhabi Police was responsible for establishing security and stability in the Emirate and maintaining the "souls, honour and property" of the people. It was also directly in charge of: Naturalisation and passport matters, prison affairs, traffic affairs, guarding of oil installations, liaison with Arab and International Police Directorates, fighting smuggling and illegal entry of people, drugs, and all forbidden substances as well as the prevention of crime.

Progressive Stage: 1979- 1995
• This stage was marked by the evolution of the Abu Dhabi Police toward the eventual affiliation and merging into the Federal Ministry of Interior.
• In December, 1979, H.H. Sheikh Mubarak Bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, issued a resolution on the executive procedures for the merger of the General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police into the Ministry of Interior. The resolution stipulated that the General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police would be part of the federal police and security forces affiliated with the Ministry of Interior and would be treated as a General Directorate.

Modernization, Qualitative and Strategic Development Stage: 1995- Present Day
• H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan assumed the role of General Commander of Abu Dhabi Police in 1995. Embodied in the five year plan of the strategic development of the Abu Dhabi Police (2004-2008) and the succeeding Strategic Plan (2008-2012), this stage has been marked by the modernization of the police force in the pursuit of optimum effectiveness and efficiency. In-particular this stage has witnessed restructuring and growth of the organization, development of concise strategic targets, a focus on employee development as well as significant future technology acquisitions- all with the intention to provide safety, security and an optimum quality of life for the community. (See more below)
Recent History
Installing a visionary sense of what it means to be a police officer in the present, His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior has sculptured a new philosophy for the police that ventures beyond the orbit of traditional policing. While resolute in the quest for a safe society free of crime, His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior believes a direct role exists for the police in contributing to the harmonious integration of human society. Understanding harmony as more than the absence of crime, His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior envisions a community free to exist without the sense of fear that alone can be very detrimental to communities. While an ends in itself, the absence of fear speaks to an even grander vision for the police. His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior encourages the police to contribute in a broader sense to the improvement of community quality of life by participating in matters of social and economic welfare, supporting the establishment of equality, promoting cultural understanding and unity as well as advocating a non-violent life-style which also entails facilitating a relationship between any people characterized by respect, justice and goodwill. It is the pursuit of harmony en-captured by these three inter-related concepts: a society free of crime, a community unburdened by the sense of fear and a people provided the opportunity to live a quality life, which is the central tenet of Abu Dhabi Police philosophy.
Colored by this philosophical outlook and faced with a range of trends, challenges and opportunities in police service provision His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior has led the transformation of the police force into a new era of qualitative and strategic development. Recognizing that increasing the size of the police force does not necessarily equate to the advancement of harmony, His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior set about seeking alternative resources and new strategies in the quest to enhance the quality of life in the Abu Dhabi Community. Always looking to increase the department’s effectiveness and efficiency His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior directed the five year plan for the strategic development of Abu Dhabi Police (2003-2007) and the succeeding Strategic Plan (2008-2012) themed ‘Progressive Police for a Modern City’. Both addressed many important aspects of agency operations including future technology acquisition, employee career development, and the restructuring of Department to better serve the community.

Along with organizational change the strategic plans represent an evolution in the Departments approach to policing. Guided by the understanding that short-term preventative aspects such as patrols and fast paced reaction following a crime are necessary but no longer sufficient to meet the needs of society, His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior has implemented a range of measures that reflect equal priority being given to embracing longer-term, proactive, preventative and community oriented measures that target not only crime but also crime producing conditions as the likely potential source for reducing crime, sense of fear and contributing to an improvement in quality of life.

The Abu Dhabi Police philosophical approach and the evolution of policing strategy is further reflected in the many achievements of His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in the realms of Police and Security including: Initiating the Ministry of Interior’s centers for rehabilitating persons with special needs in 2002, launching the Community Police Project in 2003, founding the Social Support Center in 2004, implementing a range of practical security measures to counter the problem of child jockeys in camel races, establishing the “iris scan” project – which has succeeded in preventing more than 114,000 persons from returning to the UAE since the project was implemented nationwide and launching the project of the Emirates Identity Authority.


Abu Dhabi Police Ranks - click to enlarge

Structure of Abu Dhabi Police- Click to enlarge.

• Under the Commander General of Abu Dhabi Police there are five departments that report directly
• Six General Directorates with their relevant Departments comprise the rest of the ADP, with three other bodies falling under the Deputy Commander General
• Abu Dhabi Police employs 12,500 frontline staff
• There is a total staff of 36,000 including civil defence, ambulance and fire services and border security

Search and Rescue

UAE Search and Rescue Team.
The UAE Urban Search and Rescue Team (UAE USAR) is part of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, made up of more than 80 countries and orgsnisations. The UAE joined the eilte coprs of 16 on December 19, 2009. The team was launched when emergency and public safety department workers were deployed after Pakistan's 2005 earthquake. In 2006 and 2007 they operated in Indonesia. In 2008 in Afghanistan and in 2009 Indonesia again. The UN advisory group was established in 1991 by teams responding to the 1998 Armenian earthquake. Given the high cost of search and rescue missions and the need to dispatch quickly, it was decided to build a group of teams that could be called upon around the world to be deployed in an emergency. The classification is based on globally accepted standards for international search and rescue operations and members have to be able to deploy their teams free of charge. On 25 August 2010 the team travelled to Pakistan to assist with the flood relief effort. Forensic Services
In 1980 the first laboratory opened in Abu Dhabi. Has international accreditation IS017025 for 50% of services, including: Toxicology, Alcohol, Biology, DNA, Fingerprint, Doping, Documents (Counterfeiting).
There are 180 staff in Forensic Services plus 100 support staff.
Department of Government and Diplomatic Premises Protection
Responsible for the protection of government and diplomatic premises. Preparing policies and regulations regarding the establishment of, granting of licences to, monitoring and assessing the performance of the private security companies.
Department of Special Tasks
Responsible for planning for riot prevention and VIP protection.
Department of F7
Provides teams at serious incidents including sniper units, explosives experts, divers etc.
Criminal Investigations Department (CID)
Responsible for strategies, policies and procedures for crime reduction and control. Carrying out criminal investigations.
Directorate of Traffic and Patrols

Abu Dhabi Police Vehicles.
Responsible for monitoring traffic and traffic violations. Includes marked and unmarked patrol cars.
Traffic Patrols now use the The Mobile Data Transfer System, also known as AREST (Accident Referencing and Analysing System ). This allows information from an accident, traffic violation or major congestion to be sent to all key authorities within seconds. After an accident the vehicle details, description of the incident, vehicle history and photographs are uploaded and connected to the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Abu Dhabi Police GHQ. It is designed not only to allow for a faster processing of accident reports or fines it also allows for detailed data to be compiled over, for example, accident trouble spots or areas of traffic build up. This can be used by the authorities to investigate trouble spots and devise solutions.
Department of Vehicles and Licensing
Issues vehicle and driving licences.
Department of Community Police
Established in 2003 as a method to enhance the proactive role of the police and community in crime prevention. The community police are also active in social programs and local events as a means to strengthen relations with the public.
Department of Social Support Centres
Responsible for issue of domestic and household violence. Providing care and psychological support to the victims of violence and crimes against children, women and the elderly.
Operations Department
Responsible for planning and managing any security crisis or disaster, crisis management and emergency situations.
Air Wing Section
Manages and provides aerial search and rescue operations. Monitoring and tracking of other criminal activities.

Abu Dhabi Police Air Wing Helicopter.
Security Inspection Department
Police Dogs Section (K9). Carries out search, criminal investigation, anti-narcotics, identification parades, tracing and detection of weapons and explosives.
Department of Weapons and Explosives
Issues weapons and explosive licences and deals with all activities related to the licencing, usage, transportation, storage, detection and diffusion of explosives.
Facial Recognition System
The programme was established in 2007 after evaluation of 1560 samples from 30 individuals. It measures 300 reference points across the face. The UAE is the first country to match the system with criminal lists at border control points.
Iris Technology
The main study into the effectiveness of this technology is known as the UAE Study. In partnership with the University of Cambridge (UK) a pair comparison of 200 billion was conducted among a sample of 632,500 irises. No false matches were detected. The system is in place at all UAE entry and exit ports.
Virtual Global Taskforce
In March 2010, the Ministry of Interior became a member of the Virtual Global Taskforce. A Higher Committee was formed (Ministerial Decision 240 of 2010) for the Protection of Children. The Chair of this committee is Major General Nasser Salem L. Al Nuami. The Chair represents the UAE on the board of the VGT. The Higher Committee for Child Protection was issued with the following responsibilities:
• The establishment of a Child Protection Centre
• Monitoring child exploitation on the internet
• Controlling abuse through public networks
• Raising Awareness
• Developing and strengthening the role of the family Police College
The College was established by the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Federal Law No.(1) was issued in 1985 and stipulated the foundation of the College. The aim was stated as to create an effective police force, enhance the security of the country, safeguard its achievements and gain the confidence of society.
The law initially stipulated that the duration of study and training in the College would be two years, after which the student would receive a Diploma in Policing Sciences.
The duration of study was changed to four years in 1992 following the issue of Federal Law No. (5). The study programme includes practical and field training. After successful completion of the programme the student shall be awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Law and Policing Sciences.
An Institute for officers training affiliated to the Police College was established by the same Law of 1992. In 2002 the system of study in the College was changed to incorporate training theory programmes and field work.
According to this new system the four years duration of study are divided into two levels of study consisting of eight terms:
• Basic level: two years (one year for theoretical study and another for field work).
• Advanced level: (two years).
These two levels are preceded by an introductory period for the physical and psychological preparation of the students. After successful completion of the study and training programmes the student will be awarded a Bachelor's degree in Police Sciences and Criminal Justice. Events
Golden Jubilee, 2007
Abu Dhabi Police celebrated its golden jubilee on the 5th December 2007. A mass wedding ceremony of 50 nationals, symposiums and lectures, exhibitions of the work of Abu Dhabi Police, a book documenting the history of the police force and collection of half a million signatures on a huge canvas were all part of the celebrations. The occasion was used to showcase the police force, its security capabilities, technological applications and its training. Many social activities, community programmes, sports activities were part of the golden jubilee celebrations. Organised under the directives of Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, celebrations were held under the slogan 'Fifty years of building leadership and distinction'. F999

Abu Dhabi Police F999.
As part of the first ever Formula One Grand Prix to be in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Police unveiled the world’s fastest police car – the F999.
On Abu Dhabi Corniche on October 31, thousands turned out to witness a drive past of police vehicles past and present, a performance by the Abu Dhabi Police band before the F999 was unveiled. Falcon Bike

Abu Dhabi Police Falcon Bike.
The bike was unveiled at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre on May 29, 2009. Built by the custom bike specialists Orange County Choppers – featured on the Discovery Channel show “American Chopper” – the bike is used for community projects and awareness raising across the UAE. Paul Teutel Snr, star of American Chopper and founder of OCC, took part in a live action and big screen performance which culminated in the Falcon Bike taking to the stage. Publications
999 Magazine
999 is a monthly magazine issued by the Ministry of Interior in the UAE since 1971. The magazine, known previously as ‘Al Shurta’, was relaunched under the new title of 999 in October 2008. 999 Magazine features news and interviews with staff members of the Ministry of Interior. The magazine is distributed in the UAE , Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Abu Dhabi Police, Fifty Years of Progress, 1957-2007
In 2007, to mark the 50th anniversary of Abu Dhabi Police, 215 page book was published chronicling the force from its inception to the present day.
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