Monday, May 11, 2015

Abu Dhabi police, Scotland Yard share expertise

ABU DHABI --- The Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters (GHQ) signed a cooperation agreement with UK’s Counter Terrorism Command of New Scotland Yard, in a bid to promote training and support and give new impetus to their capacity development and exchange of experience in police and technical work to combat crime. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the inaugural Post-Blast Investigation (PBI) Conference, which was organised by the Directorate General of Security and Ports Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police, from May 4 – 6.

The agreement was signed by Brigadier Sheikh Mohammad Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Director of Security and Ports Affairs, and by Commander Richard Walton, Head of Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command in the United Kingdom.

Under the agreement, both parties shall strengthen joint cooperation, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations of both countries. They shall also reinforce existing working relationships in the area of training and development, as well as cooperate in providing modern training programs, equipment and experts. The agreement also stipulates developing training plans and recommendations for development of future training programmes.

Through the agreement, both parties shall work to enhance cooperation in training, exchange of expertise, specialised knowledge, drills and scenarios, as per the best practices and using modern technology and equipment.

They shall also establish a list of the training programmes that will be offered, exchange information and other topics related to developing cooperation in police work.

Attending the MoU signing ceremony were Brigadier Abdul Rahman Al Hammadi, Head of the Forensic Evidence Department; Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammad Borshid, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID); Colonel Homaid Al Afrit, Head of the Weapons and Explosives Department at the Directorate General of the Security and Ports Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police; along with heads of departments, experts, lecturers participating at the Conference, and specialised officers from the GCC countries.

The Director General of Security and Ports Affairs at the Abu Dhabi Police had attended the closing ceremony of the first Post-Blast Investigation Conference. Richard Walton, Head of Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command in the United Kingdom, delivered a speech in the occasion, by which he expressed his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the officials at the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ for organising the conference.

Moreover, Commander Walton underlined the importance of the conference in promoting mutual cooperation and coordination, and leveraging the expertise and experience in the areas of policing and security. He also hailed the strong ties between the United Kingdom and the UAE. –end-

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