The Dubai Police General Command, represented by the General Administration of Punitive and Correctional Institutions in Dubai, has obtained an international accreditation certificate from the American Correctional Organization (ACA), the largest and oldest international prison organization established in 1870 AD, for meeting all international standards related to human rights in correctional institutions 100%, and passing the evaluation. Rightly so, the men’s prison received the accreditation certificate as the fifth prison in the world, and the first prison in the Middle East, while the women’s prison received the accreditation certificate as the first women’s prison in the world to be granted a certificate of compliance with standards. The Dubai Police General Command congratulated the UAE and its wise leadership for obtaining this certificate from the Dubai Police General Command, represented by the General Administration of Punitive and Correctional Institutions in Dubai.
I also extended my thanks and gratitude to Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, for his continuous support and guidance to achieve leadership and excellence locally and globally.
His Excellency Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, affirmed Dubai Police’s keenness to keep pace with the directives and strategy of the UAE in the field of human rights and to ensure that he enjoys all his rights, freedoms and quality of life, stressing the alignment of all internal directions and strategies of Dubai Police with the system of legislation and policies adopted by the state in its endeavor Towards strengthening efforts and achieving sustainable development in all fields, and spreading awareness of the culture of human rights, regardless of ethnic and cultural affiliations.
During a press conference held by the Dubai Police General Command at the Officers Club, headed by Major General Dr. Abdul Qudous Abdul Razzaq Al Obaidli, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Excellence and Pioneering Affairs, and Major General Expert Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, in the presence of Assistants to the Commander-in-Chief, a number of directors of public departments and Brigadier General Marwan Julfar, Director of the General Department of Punitive and Correctional Institutions, Colonel Jamila Al Zaabi, Director of the Women’s Prison, a number of Dubai Police officers and individuals, and media professionals, the Dubai Police General Command announced that the General Administration of Punitive and Correctional Institutions has obtained an international accreditation certificate from the American Correctional Organization ACA, Highlighting the most prominent efforts, services and initiatives that guarantee the rights of male and female guests in all aspects.
Sustainability of excellence
Major General Dr. Abdul Qudous Abdul Razzaq Al-Obaidli stressed, at the outset of his speech during the conference, that the great achievement of the punitive institutions reflects the keenness of the Dubai Police to achieve the lofty vision of the wise leadership and its supreme directives in sustaining the process of excellence and leadership that it has pursued globally, and promoting positive competitiveness at the local and regional levels. And global.
He noted that the Dubai Police managed, for the first time, to meet all 100% of the international standards, which number 137 standards, both obligatory and non-compulsory, with the comprehensiveness of the services, programs and initiatives that they provide to the inmates, and their extension to all 7 areas that the American organization targets, including security, safety, health care, order, justice, and administration.
Reform and rehabilitation
In turn, Major General Expert Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, confirmed that this achievement comes as a result of the long efforts made by the Dubai Police to provide all the necessities of a modern and decent life in prisons, and in accordance with international standards to ensure the sustainability of human rights, noting the adoption of punitive institutions. A policy based on reform and rehabilitation, and bringing about changes in the concepts of traditional prisons that are limited to punishment and imprisonment of freedoms.
He stressed that the penal and correctional institutions pay inmates, male and female, attention in various aspects of their lives, including health care, self-development, and enriching the knowledge and scientific aspect through multiple educational and professional courses.
Dubai Police stated that the programs and rehabilitation courses offered to inmates in penal and correctional institutions accelerate the process of their integration into society and their involvement in it after the expiration of their term, and there are many inmates who have established private projects that have emerged at the state level and abroad thanks to the knowledge and experience they gained during spending the period prescribed for them inside Penal and correctional institutions.
For his part, Brigadier General Marwan Abdul Karim Julfar, Director of the General Department of Punitive and Correctional Institutions in Dubai Police, confirmed that Dubai prisons are a pioneering model in reform and discipline, and annually spend huge sums of money on male and female inmates in order to ensure that they obtain all their human and legal rights.
He added, “From 2021 until the middle of this year, we presented 169 programs for male and female inmates, including 52 training and vocational programmes, 82 educational programmes, 25 sports programmes, and 10 religious programmes, in implementation of the policy of reform and discipline pursued by the punitive institutions in Dubai Police.”
And he continued, “We were able to provide humanitarian aid, in cooperation with partners, amounting to 23 million and 355 thousand and 786 dirhams for male and female guests, from the beginning of the year 2021 until the middle of this year.”
In her turn, Colonel Jameela Al Zaabi, Director of the Women’s Prison, confirmed that the prison environment is a social environment dominated by brotherhood, love and respect, and positive interaction between inmates and female employees to achieve the goal of reform, rehabilitation and guidance.