Modern Policing for Crime Prevention Conference Kicks off in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-Monday 21 November 2016 [ AETOS Wire ]

The Modern Policing for Crime Prevention Conference, organized by the Ministry of Interior’s Innovation Center, kicked off on Monday, at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel in Abu Dhabi.


In the opening speech, Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Sha’far, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior, welcomed the participants and conveyed to them the warm greetings of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and his deepest wishes of luck and success.  


The Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior indicated that the conference coincides with the second edition of the UAE Innovation Week 2016. He praised the experts, speakers and specialists who enriched the event with their participation by sharing their expertise, best practices, and experiences in this area, which aims to spread the concept of innovation, qualify specialized national competencies in the field of innovation, and establish innovation as a daily practice at the Ministry of Interior.


He added: “The UAE Innovation Week has become a national occasion to celebrate innovation and innovators. It expresses the Higher Leadership’s commitment to encourage and adopt innovation as a new work approach and a social culture, as our country continues to spread the culture of innovation to serve the development of government systems and improve the services provided to both partners and customers.”


Lt. General Al Sha’far explained that celebrating the UAE Innovation Week has become an annual event. It falls in line with the announcement of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, of 2015 as the year of innovation, and aligns with the national strategy for innovation launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, aimed at positioning the UAE amongst the most innovative countries in the world.


Al Sha’far emphasized that the Ministry of Interior, as per the directive of His Highness Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, dedicates significant attention to innovation, which was the key factor behind establishing a sophisticated center for innovation. He continued: “The center reflects the ministry’s firm belief in the need for specialized leaders that can drive the future in the field of innovation, because we live in a rapidly-changing world with continuous developments, replete with huge opportunities. The center reflects the bright image and distinguished position attained by the Ministry of Interior in its quest to implement the distinguished government’s policies and approaches and its aspirations to brave challenges and developments with science and knowledge and to pursue innovation in order to advance security and police work.”


In conclusion, he noted: “I am confident that our distinguished speakers and participants will contribute their valuable ideas to promote the development and excellence approach adopted by the MoI.” He then thanked the organizers of the conference and all the participants, wished them the best of luck and success, and prayed to God Almighty to bless the UAE with further safety and security. 


Major Muhammad Ismail Al Harmoudi, Director of the Innovation Center, gave an overview of the UAE Innovation Week’s objectives. He emphasized the higher leadership’s keenness to make this occasion an annual event in order to position the UAE as a global hub for innovation and capacity-uilding; spread the culture of innovation; and instill innovation as a daily lifestyle for individuals and institutions and an approach for sustainable development.


He explained that the Modern Policing for Crime Prevention Conference represents an advanced platform to exchange ideas and experiences in modern security and police fields. It includes several panel discussions related to the security and police issues.


Major Al Harmoudi indicated that the Ministry of Interior organizes several activities during the UAE Innovation Week, such as the Innovation Lab to protect children from the dangers of internet; an exhibition at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, to showcase its wide range of innovations provided by Police staff members to serve the society in various fields.


Tom Jule, Managing Director at ACM, gave a welcome speech, by which he praised the UAE’s keenness to dedicate a week to celebrate innovation. He stressed the importance of the conference organized by the Ministry of Interior, as an important platform to ensure a more secure and prosperous future for the country, thanks to the different topics and practical experiences discussed by experts.


Following the inaugural speeches, the first panel discussion was opened. The panel discussion, which was attended by a number of senior MoI officers, discussed the investment in police staff members’ capacities in the future. Participants stressed the importance of prospecting the future in order to make the UAE the safest and most secure country in the world using modern technologies. This objective is a government trend and a key requirement based on the innovation approach and aimed at developing and upgrading resources.


Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director General of the Civil Defense in Dubai, reviewed the radical transformation achieved by the Civil Defense sector and how it leveraged innovation for the purpose of work development, through a video showcasing the Nano-particle fire extinguishing technique. He noted that the Civil Defense has introduced sophisticated techniques to upgrade its work methods, such as the Nanotechnology for efficient fire extinction. He also explained that this cutting-edge technology has been used by the Civil Defense to deal with electrical fires at initial stages.


He said: “We have met with scientists to examine the manufacturing of this technique in the UAE, to shift from the conventional firefighting methods, and devised a way to transport water from the tanks onto the paints and coating materials. He also noted that this innovation offers the possibility of making a shift from the traditional methods at a lower cost.


On Day 1 of the conference, the organizing committee honored Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Sha’far, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior; Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director General of the Civil Defense in Dubai; Brigadier Saif Al Ziri, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police; Brigadier Mohamed Obaid Al Dhaheri, Director General of Human Resources at the Ministry of Interior; Brigadier Mohammed Alwan, Director General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Ajman; Brigadier Hamad Khamis Al Dhaheri, Deputy Head of the Punitive and Correctional Establishments Department at the Ministry of Interior; Colonel Hassan Al Shamesi, Head of the Federal Investigation Department at the Ministry of Interior; Lieutenant Colonel Yasser Al Wahabi, Head of the Infrastructure Department and Tom Jule, Managing Director at ACM, the main sponsor, for their distinguished efforts and participation in the conference.


A number of security experts and technology companies’ specialists presented their experiences and practices in the second part of the conference, which reviewed the importance of modern technology and its role in Criminology and Forensics.


The experts discussed the role of data in the future of policing and the efforts exerted to fight Internet crimes, as well as the importance of technology in determining people's personal data, the services it provides to enhance security using the latest and most advanced equipment and the use of technology in future analysis to fight crime. They also reviewed the American experience in the fight against crime in the new millennium and ways to face future changes, in addition to the Artificial Intelligence Technology and its impact on police work efficiency, as well as the development of new digital techniques that offer several means of crime fighting and include potentials to deal with and analyze all types of communications.


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