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Overseas Health Insurance News: Expats sought for Abu Dhabi community police force

The community police team in Abu Dhabi is looking to add expatriates as officers to its force in a bid to tackle more crime.

Already 500-strong, the division acts as an important link between residents and the police, ensuring they are aware of events on the ground.

Lieutenant Colonel Mubarak Bin Muhairom, head of the community team at Abu Dhabi Police, told XPRESS: "We are planning to expand the force with more representation from expatriate communities.

"We already have a significant number of nationalities on our team, in addition to experienced officers internationally recruited from countries like the UK and Singapore."

He went on to say that there is strong evidence to suggest that community policing helps to improve public confidence and build a relationship of trust between residents and authorities.

The community team was first introduced in 2003 when Abu Dhabi Police was undergoing a period of modernisation.

Back then there were just ten members, but its success in playing an active role in preventing crime and disorder has seen it grow exponentially.

This type of officer can be particularly useful in stopping anti-social behaviour as they have more time within neighbourhoods to gage events and predict reactions, making it easier to understand how a situation might unfold.

Being a visible presence on the streets helps to make the public feel more secure and deter anyone thinking of committing a crime.

By employing more expats, Lieutenant Colonel Muhairom believes that they will have greater access to the concerns of every sector of society.

Anyone who gets a job in this latest recruitment drive will be trained up to the same standards as those already working the beat.

"We also have experienced community police officers from Singapore and the UK who work with the local recruits. These officers wear the uniform of Abu Dhabi Police and they engage with expat communities and have a good understanding of their needs," added Lieutenant Colonel Muhairom.

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