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EMIRATES PRIDE: A force for good

EMIRATES PRIDE: A force for good

Abu Dhabi Police are ensuring safety and peace of mind to the residents of the UAE’s capital, making it one of the world’s safest cities.

Abu Dhabi enjoys an exceptionally low crime rate, compared with other global cities where the threat of pickpocketing, theft and violence is a part of everyday life. The Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) have been keeping the Emirate safe for years and – thanks to cutting edge training, techniques and technology – Abu Dhabi is safer than ever.

Under the command of Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, ADP enforces the law, protects public safety, maintains order and keeps the peace. ADP also plays a role in achieving global peace and stability, by working closely with local, national and international agencies.


Thanks to the dedication of ADP, the crime rate in Abu Dhabi dropped 18 per cent last year. Brigadier Maktoum Al Shareefi, Director of the Capital Police Directorate, attributed the drop in criminal cases to the strict security measures enforced by the police.

Brigadier Maktoum Al Shareefi said that the police leadership strives to deliver the best policing services to community members by providing its staff with the highest quality training to guarantee proficiency, accuracy and a prompt response time.

Brigadier Maktoum Al Shareefi added that enhancing the awareness of members of the public and engaging them in diverse awareness programmes and campaigns carried out by the police contributes positively in reducing crime rates and instilling community awareness, in order to achieve ADP’s ultimate and key goal, which is to uphold the peace.

In recognition of their efforts to maintain justice in the communities of Abu Dhabi, ADP were recently awarded two accolades, being the Best Government Authority Award in recognition of its ground-breaking CityGuard app and another award that acknowledges ADP GHQ as one of the top three government departments.


The app is a prime example of how ADP is engaging with society to encourage interaction and transparency. It gives residents the power to report complaints straight to the Government, with just a few taps on a smartphone. The app also has a built-in interactive map to pinpoint the location of the users and report the incident. A case is automatically created with the Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre, which will promptly assign the case to the appropriate Government Entity for resolution.

In parallel, ADP received the second award in recognition of its distinguished performance and participation in the Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre System. It acknowledges ADP’s efforts to respond promptly to complaints and suggestions.

On receiving the award, Major General Al Nuaimi said that the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ is keen to provide UAE citizens and residents with high quality police services, as high standards of safety and security have become a prerequisite worldwide to achieve a safer, secure and more prosperous life for all society members. “Abu Dhabi Police are constantly seeking to provide the public with distinguished services,” he said.

Colonel Mohammed Hamid bin Dalmouj Al Dhaheri, Strategy and Performance Development Director General, said, “The Abu Dhabi Police has managed to respond to all cases, including customers’ grievances and suggestions communicated via the CityGuard application, according to the standard response time rates set by Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC). This has enabled it to earn a position at the forefront of governmental institutions and departments in providing the fastest response time. This includes the referral of all requests to ADP’s relevant departments, which in turn have responded in the best possible way.”

Colonel Al Dhaheri added that the CityGuard app is an interactive channel and a step forward to enhancing the public’s collaboration with government entities.


Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s vision for ADP goes beyond the traditional service. Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan believes that ADP will have a direct role in the creation of a harmonious society. ADP don’t just keep the people of Abu Dhabi, safe; they play a vital role in making them feel safe. This, Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan believes, is key to creating a happy and prosperous society – a society without fear.

Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan laid the blueprint for a new era of police work. Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan knows that simply increasing the number of police doesn’t make a society safer. Instead, Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan 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 boosted the efficiency and effectiveness of the police, without increasing the volume. The plans addressed future technology acquisition, employee career development, and the restructuring of ADP to better serve the community.

ADP do not rely on short-term measures to keep the public safe. While patrols and fast reaction times are critical in tackling crime, Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan has given equal weighting to short and long term strategies. Longer term strategies include embrace proactive, preventative and community-oriented measures that target the roots of crime, not just individual cases.

ADP do not just protect the community; they partner with it. Although they embrace the latest technology and systems, ADP’s core values of integrity, honesty and respect for human rights remain unchanged. ADP continue to deal with their community reasonably with tact and kindness, while promoting teamwork and celebrating individual achievements. It is this amalgamation of the best of the old with the best of the new that makes ADP one of the world’s leading law enforcement agencies.

Commanders of Abu Dhabi Police

Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan (1996 – present)

Thani Obeid Khamees Al Rumaithi (1991–1995)

Hamad Saeed Ahmed Al Hassani (1975–1991)

Mohammed Juma’a Mohammed Al Dhaheri (1974–1975)

Mubarak bin Mohammed Al Nahyan (1961–1974)

Sultan bin Shakbut Al Nahyan (1957–1961).

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