ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, January 26th 2014 [ME NewsWire]
Lieutenant General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, attended a memorandum of understanding signing event between Abu Dhabi Police and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The event was held at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters.
Based on the above mentioned memorandum, UNODC certified the UAE, represented by the Forensic Evidence Department at the Directorate General of Security and Ports Affairs of Abu Dhabi Police, as a regional office for the MENA region. The Forensic Evidence Department will be responsible for providing forensic evidence services in: drugs and chemical precursor analysis, guns and ammunition testing, documents and forged documents certification.
UNODC also certified forensic evidence experts at Abu Dhabi Police as international experts for the specified services.
Colonel Abdurrahman Al Hammadi, Head of the Forensic Evidence Department at the Directorate General of Security and Ports Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police, signed the memorandum on behalf of the UAE, while Dr. Hatem Ali, Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, signed it on behalf of the office in the presence of Yuri Fedotov, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna “UNOV”, and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
This memorandum shows the desire that both sides have to provide technical and technological services while meeting certain standards. It also specifies a sustainable framework to develop the officers’ capabilities in the various forensic fields. This development has the ability to foster forensic justice through laboratorial knowledge that meets international standards.
The memorandum of understanding aims to enhance and develop Abu Dhabi Police’s abilities to become the center of excellence for forensic evidence services among the GCC countries and the MENA region. Abu Dhabi Police will provide high-quality technical services that match international standards and methods for forensic evidence.
Furthermore, the memorandum acknowledges Abu Dhabi Police experts as internationally certified experts and regional experts to refer to in this specialization. It also initiates the basis for a strategic partnership between both parties.
Colonel Al Hammadi said that certifying the Forensic Evidence Department as a regional force that has the international support to strengthen national forensic justice systems, and supports international juridical system, asserts that the Abu Dhabi Police is still on the right track on the journey to excellence paved by the Ministry of Interior.
Colonel Al Hammadi also praised the esteemed efforts of UNODC in certifying the Forensic Evidence Department at Abu Dhabi Police as a regional office for the MENA region for providing forensic evidence services and laboratory testing. He also emphasized the ongoing work that Abu Dhabi Police is doing to achieve more accomplishments and advance police work in the UAE.
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