Thu 09-03-2023 20:52 PM
DUBAI, 9th March, 2023 (WAM) — The World Police Summit concluded at the Dubai World Trade Centre after three days full of sessions and workshops, with the attendance of more than 200 experts in police and law enforcement.
The summit discussed the impact of the international anti-narcotics cooperation and developments to police-related areas, as well as the leading global challenges facing the efforts to combat crime and maintain safety and security.
Lt. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, attended the opening session of the third day of the event, which discussed the efforts to counter narcotics.
He also attended a lecture delivered by Judith Grizzle, Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University in the US, a writer specialising in drug addiction.
During the lecture, Grizzle explained why people become addicted to drugs and highlighted the risks posed by addiction.
During the main session of the conference on anti-narcotics, Brigadier Eid Mohammed Thani Hareb, Director of the General Department for Anti-Narcotics at the Dubai Police and Chairman of the National Committee for Combatting Drug Trafficking in the Country’s Council for Combatting Drugs, presented the related global efforts of the Ministry of Interior, noting it shared 4,612 pieces of information with 55 countries from 2018 to 2021, which contributed to the arrest of 549 suspects and the seizure of 380.309 tonnes of narcotics.
Brigadier Hareb also talked about the outcomes of the country’s anti-narcotics efforts, noting that there was an increase in the rate of arrests of drug dealers from 2012 to 2022, and from 2012 to 2016, seizures rose 19.5 percent, followed by a 216.7 percent increase in 2021, and a 29.6 percent rise in 2022.
There was also a decline of 9.7percent in the number of drug users from 2012 to 2016, followed by a further drop in 2021 by 32 percent, and an 8.2 percent drop in 2022, while there was a decrease in the number of people dying from drug overdoses, he added.
The three-day Summit held six distinct conferences covering the most innovative policing techniques, from crime prevention, anti-narcotics and forensic science to drones and K9. Bringing together experts from around the world and channelling insights from more than 230 leading speakers, these sessions aim to strengthen global policing and create a global policing community able to meet the future with confidence, share best practices, and showcase policing techniques at the cutting edge.
Covering the strategic and technical disciplines – each conference featured keynote and breakout sessions covering nine vital themes in 21st century policing – from cybercrime to forensic science and beyond.
The conference gave delegates from around the world the chance to learn best practice from the front line and meet the sector leaders shaping next generation policing.
With more than 250 exhibiting companies, the World Police Summit provided insight into the most prominent and innovative policing tools and latest technologies used around the world while also facilitating a world-class environment for trade across the industry’s full value chain.
Over the course of 9 bespoke private meetings, the Roundtable Series brought together global leaders of the international police community to debate and discuss the most pressing police challenges and priorities.
Tariq Al Fahaam/ Hatem Mohamed