A team from Abu Dhabi Police’s Security Support Department is on a week-long training trip to London’s Metropolitan Police to exchange best practices. Image Credit: Abu Dhabi Police

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Police’s Security Support Department and London’s Metropolitan Police joined forces in exchanging expertise in field shooting and other areas of law enforcement during a visit to the United Kingdom.

The UAE team include men and women from the Security Support Department who left on Saturday for a two-week learning trip to the UK.

This trip will allow the UAE team to receive training as per Metropolitan Police Specialist Training Centre (MPSTC) standards, said Captain Jasem Mohammad Al Zaabi, Patrol Officer at the Security Support Department and head of the UAE delegation.

The Security Support Department also learnt about best practices of the Metropolitan Police in addition to training courses for enhancing their officers’ qualifications.

Meanwhile, Detective Lee Spittlehouse, Training Manager and Inspector at the Metropolitan Police, expressed his admiration for the visiting police force and their ability in handling and using weapons.

“This shows the Security Support officers’ high skill in performing difficult tasks,” he said in a statement.

Spittlehouse also lauded Abu Dhabi Police’s performance of ‘quality leaps’ and their efforts in cooperating with different law enforcement officials across the world to develop their skill sets.

Recently, Charlie Beck, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), praised the Abu Dhabi Police’s ability in uncovering crimes in “record time”. The LAPD official made this statement last June in commemoration of a graduating batch from the Abu Dhabi Police’s Security Support Department.

The Department also participated in practice exercises with the LAPD, in addition to helping them make a number of arrests.

“The Security Support personnel carried out highly efficient and quality exercises, and assisted the LAPD patrols in their daily missions; this contributed to reinforcing their practical expertise,” Colonel Khaled Saeed Al Shamsi, Head of Security Support Department at the Abu Dhabi Police, said in a statement earlier.