x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

24-hour police office opened in Abu Dhabi hospital

Abu Dhabi Police have opened a new investigations office at Mafraq Hospital to make it easier for victims of accidents and crimes there to present evidence in their cases.

Al Mafraq Hospital's 500-bed tertiary hospital situated 35 kilometers from the city of Abu Dhabi.
Al Mafraq Hospital's 500-bed tertiary hospital situated 35 kilometers from the city of Abu Dhabi.

ABU DHABI // Police have opened a 24-hour investigation office at Mafraq Hospital to help victims of abuse, violence or accidents to easily lodge complaints.

"When an injured person comes, he has to go to the police station to file a complaint after receiving treatment," said Khalifa Al Kaeli, the director of patients affairs at Mafraq Hospital. "Now we want to help so victims can go to the police directly in our office."

Abu Dhabi Police said officers could even visit patients in their rooms, if necessary, to complete the formalities.

"The office has started to offer services 24/7, registering declarations and domestic injuries to enhance the quality of services by facilitating and minimising procedures for the hospital's patients," said Lt Col Jasim Al Hossani, head of investigation affairs at Abu Dhabi's Outer Areas Police Department.

The hospital said it received up to 12 patients a day who had to go to the police station after treatment.

Mr Al Kaeli said the facility had been set up for all patients who needed to approach the police to report their injuries or seek legal recourse.

"The investigation office at the hospital will finalise the legal procedures, without the need to go to the investigation offices at the police stations," he said.

Police said the initiative would improve community outreach.

"The moment the declared injured patient finalises the health treatments, he will go to the investigation office at the hospital to finalise his legal procedures," said First Lt Adel Al Khodor Al Braiki, supervisor of the new investigation office.

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