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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Dubai Police’s all-female VIP protection unit showcases skills

The unit consists of 45 highly trained women officers who specialise in protecting high-ranking officials

Dubai Police VIP protection unit's services are utilised by high-ranking officials about 20 times a month. Reem Mohammed / The National
Dubai Police VIP protection unit's services are utilised by high-ranking officials about 20 times a month. Reem Mohammed / The National

Dubai Police’s all-female VIP protection unit were showcasing their skills on Monday to highlight the growing role of women in the force.

Forty-five highly trained women officers specialise in protecting high-ranking officials in any given situation, and are as adept on foot as they are on two wheels.

Warrant officer Aysha Hussain Mohammed Al Jassmi, 44, said she joined the unit in 1994.

“When I first joined the unit, we were only six female police officers,” she said, adding that the training to become part of the VIP protection unit is intense.

“We are sent around 20 times a month to protect highly valued individuals in ceremonies, accompany major guests, conferences, exhibitions,” said warrant officer Al Jassmi.

“We have to fully control the situation surrounding the official we are protecting. For instance, when we walk around the official in public places, such as malls, we watch over everyone approaching the highly valued official.”

Huda Hasan, one of the 45 women in the unit, is an expert motorcyclist. Reem Mohammed / The National
Huda Hasan, one of the 45 women in the unit, is an expert motorcyclist. Reem Mohammed / The National