2014: a Year of Police Milestones

ABU DHABI: The Ministry of Interior has attributed its local and international civilised milestones to the United Arab Emirates and its wise leadership, as well as to the local public from all segments. According to the ministry, its achievements were made possible primarily as a result of the leadership’s support and society’s confidence and cooperation with the MoI’s security and service entities.

Some of the most significant milestones achieved by the Ministry across its journey towards more excellence and development, in line with the progress that the whole country is witnessing across all fields include winning the lion’s share of awards and medals at the Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Programme. For this great achievement, the Ministry held an ‘Excellence Festival’ celebration. H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, described this milestone as the result of mutual cooperation and solid belief in the mission of UAE citizens who work at the Ministry of Interior.

The Ministry of Interior also received the global Stevie Award, one of the most prestigious awards internationally in the field of creativity, corporate excellence and international businesses; the Platinum Accreditation Certification for Institutional Suggestions System; the international “Excellence Through People” award; three international awards within the Summit Marketing Effectiveness Awards competition and the Distinguished Air Wing Department Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in the USA. The Ministry has also succeeded in entering the Hall of Fame of the Palladium Group for its excellence in the competition of Balanced Scorecard (BSC) and Strategic Alignment applications, becoming the second Ministry to enter the Hall of Fame internationally following the Ministry of Interior in South Korea. The MoI is the first to receive such recognition at both Arab and regional levels.

H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan launched the MoI Strategic Plan for 2014-2016, in addition to the Ministry’s strategy on its social media websites. This strategic orientation reflects the vision of the MoI to seeing the UAE as one of the safest, most secure countries in the world.

The Ministry of Interior succeeded in solving many crimes that took place this year. It was able to arrest the crimes’ perpetrators and bring them to justice. In crimes related to drug trafficking, the Ministry succeeded in foiling the trafficking and promoting of 4.5 million illegal drug pills in “Operation Wooden Doors”, carried out by a professional team from the Abu Dhabi police (ADP), the Dubai Police and the Ministry of Interior.

The Abu Dhabi Police also arrested the woman suspect in the Al Reem Island and Corniche crimes. ADP was able to identify the woman in less than 24 hours and arrest her in less than 48 hours. The police also arrested dozens of other violators, from thieves and forgers to assaulters, reckless people and fraudsters, protecting society from their malicious crimes. It also presented the most significant criminal methods to the public, in order to defend and educate society.

The Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters achieved record savings of energy consumption, with a 6 percent decrease in the second quarter of 2014, thanks to the relentless efforts of its departments and employees. These efforts aim to protect natural resources. ADP is one of the first official entities to take the initiative in implementing the resolution of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council to transform 25 percent of total government vehicles to run on natural gas. The Transport and Workshops Department at the Directorate General of Finance and Services succeeded in transforming a number of police vehicle to run on natural gas.

The Ministry of Interior succeeded in implementing the eye scanning system to protect society against known criminals and their harm. Since its launch in 2003, the system has detected 388,399 cases of deported people who tried to re-enter the country. The total number of deportations as of now is 1,421,656.

In 2014, the Ministry of Interior provided 320 e-Services via its website and 30 smartphone services (UAE MOI) available on all platforms, including Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows.

The Security Media Department reflected the message of the Ministry of Interior on transparency with the public via different media outlets. The department introduced the public to the services and the achievements of the Ministry, as they represent a partnership in protecting the gains of security and safety. As the ministry’s media arm, the department prepared and carried out 507,948 different media works this year, including TV, radio and printed material, in addition to media and awareness messages via social media websites in Arabic, English and Urdu.