ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, November 9th 2014 [ME NewsWire]
The Permanent Disciplinary Council at the Ministry of Interior organized a workshop that engages the rules and procedures of the disciplinary system in public office. Participants in the workshop recommended expeditiously issuing a guidebook outlining the disciplinary system, as it would be an important asset in standardizing procedures adopted by all police leaderships and to serve as a reference for statutory and advisory bodies at the ministry. They also called for forming a joint committee between the police entities and competent entities in the federal government with the aim of examining their existing disciplinary systems and drafting a unified disciplinary system that governs functional responsibilities in public office.
Moreover, the recommendations called for activating the statutory dismissal, the disciplinary and grievance procedure, elaborating on the legal framework for seeking redress of a disciplinary action for police and security forces staff members. This aims to encourage all to abide by an ethical conduct, reduce the recurrence of disciplinary offenses, and open communication channels with the relevant entities at the federal government to take advantage of the best practices and applications.
The participants also stressed the need to enhance and spread the legal culture among the police and security forces staff members, hold regular courses and workshops aimed at developing the skills related to the rules and procedures for investigating disciplinary issues and hearings. They also called for enrolling the police and security forces staff members who have been found guilty of misconduct in specialized training programs and for associating these programs with the promotions systems and annual performance reports.
They also called for the creation of an organizational unit affiliated with the Human Resources Department to identify the reasons and motives behind disciplinary offenses and to subsequently determine the appropriate sanctions, or to protect it according to the conditions.
Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Resources and Support Services inaugurated the workshop organized by the Permanent Disciplinary Council at the Ministry of Interior and held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi.
The workshop was attended by Brigadier Ahmed Mohammed Nehkairah, Head of Human Rights Department in the Ministry of Interior; Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Director General of Naturalization; Brigadier General Ali Al Darmaki, the Human Resources Director General at Abu Dhabi Police; Colonel Khamis Obaid Al Ka’bi, Chairman of the Permanent Disciplinary Council at the Ministry of Interior; along with a number of officers at the Ministry of Interior.
Representatives of the Military Justice at the Armed Forces, Judicial Inspection at the Ministry of Justice, the Federal General Authority of Human Resources, Dubai Police General Headquarters, Sharjah Police General Headquarters, the Medical Services Department, and the Legal Affairs Department at Abu Dhabi Police also took part in the workshop.
In his speech at the workshop, Major General Al Khaili emphasized that public office jobs are bound by a set of rules and regulations related to rights and duties. He added that the disciplinary system is the criterion to distinguish between permissible and prohibited actions; pointing out that the employer is committed to establishing an accurate accountability system and procedures in order to enforce discipline in the workplace and maintain the job’s dignity and reputation.
Out of its firm belief in the importance of the workshop’s topic and objectives, the Ministry of Interior has enrolled experts from federal and judicial institutions and bodies, as well as police institutions and armed forces, to take advantage of their ideas and practical experiences in order to enrich the workshop with effective outputs and recommendations that contribute to the development of the disciplinary system and its procedures at the Ministry of Interior.
The workshop’s activities then started with the first work session moderated by Colonel Dr. Salem Al Yammahi from the Legal Council at the Ministry of Interior. The session tackled the disciplinary system for soldiers and police and security forces staff members, and discussed three work papers. The first paper was presented by Colonel Staff Jurist Majed Sultan Bin Suleiman, Deputy Director of Military Justice and Deputy Military Public Prosecutor. The paper addressed the formal and procedural rules for implementing disciplinary regulations in the armed forces. The second paper, presented by Colonel Dr. Said Khalaf Al Shebli, Head of the Legal Affairs Department at Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, tackled the legal guarantees during the investigation and trial involving police and security forces staff members. The third paper presented by Lt. Colonel Dr. Ahmed Yusuf Al Mansouri, Head of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department in Dubai Police, addressed the appeal procedures in disciplinary actions and the grievances system according to the provisions stipulated by the Human Resources Management Law for local soldiers affiliated to Dubai Police.
The second work session moderated by Colonel Mohamed Ali Al Shehhi, Head of the Human Rights Department, highlighted a set of general rules and legal culture. It included four work papers. The first paper, presented by Judge Dr. Said Ali Bahbouh Al Naqbi, President of the Abu Dhabi Federal Court of First Instance, discussed the grievance rules related to disciplinary action in the Human Resources Law. The second paper, presented by legal consultant Dalmouk Thani Dalmook Al Muhairi, Head of the Policies and Legal Affairs Department at the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR), tackled the importance of establishing and activating the offences and grievances committees across the federal government entities (the grievance committee to consider and remedy staff members’ grievances and its work mechanism). The third paper was presented by Major Dr. Rakiya Jassim Mohamed, Chief of Legal Affairs Section at Sharjah Police, titled “The Legal Culture and its Role in Preventing Behavioral Offences… the Sharjah Police Experience”. The fourth paper presented by Major Dr. Rima Mohammed Al Hosani, Chief of the Specialized Police Clinics Section in the Medical Services Department at Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters. In her paper, Major Al Hosani underlined the relation between regulations and work fundamentals adopted by the Medical Committee and disciplinary responsibility applied at the ministry.
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