x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

New York to help Abu Dhabi protection

The agency charged with protecting Abu Dhabi's most important facilities to receive training from the NYPD.

ABU DHABI // The agency charged with protecting Abu Dhabi's most important facilities and infrastructure will receive training and advice from the New York Police Department (NYPD). A memorandum of understanding between the NYPD and the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) was signed in New York last week, allowing the two to share intelligence, training and expertise to protect vital assets.

"We in the CNIA are proud of the alliance that we have formed with the NYPD," said Staff Col Engineer Muhair al Khateri, the director general of the CNIA. "We are confident that with this partnership, we will be able to forge new ties of cross-cultural understanding between us. We will work together towards broadening the knowledge base of our authority. Both parties hope to co-operate on matters of security expertise, best practices for training, risk management, intelligence, operations and administration."

The NYPD commissioner, Raymond Kelly, said the two agencies would be able to help each other to protect infrastructure and save lives. "I believe that it is the beginning of a positive relationship," he said. "We hope this alliance will foster an exchange of information [and] training to improve security." The CNIA, which has a staff of about 4,000, was formed in May last year by presidential decree.

Its objective is to safeguard Abu Dhabi's infrastructure against attack or natural disaster. The agreement with the NYPD follows a visit to New York earlier in the year by the agency's chairman, Staff Col Pilot Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoon. @Email:gmcclenaghan@thenational.ae