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MoI briefs community heads on road safety and services.

DOHA MINISTRY of Interior (MoI) organised a seminar to introduce the services of its various departments to expatriate community organisations and schools at the new Traffic Department headquarters on Sunday.

During the seminar, officers from MoI"s Traffic Department, Search and Follow Up Department, Human Rights Department and Community Policing Section, explained their departments" services to the heads of expatriate community organisations from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal and Malaysia as well as representatives of schools from the eight communities.

The seminar started with raising awareness about the Traffic Department"s service to the community. "The Traffic Department is regularly conducting awareness campaigns among companies, schools, and other organisations to teach them about laws and regulations and give tips on how to drive their vehicles and cross the roads safely,"A[yen] said a representative officer of the Traffic Department.

Addressing the heads of expatriate communities, he continued: "If you can convene our programmes in your organisations and communities, we are happy to help you raise awareness among them and work together to make our roads safer for residents."A[yen] The Traffic Department also urged expatriate communities to collaborate with the department in conducting research about traffic accidents, with an emphasis on pedestrian deaths, and said that the information disseminated from such research will be used to help reduce traffic accidents and road fatalities.

Search and Follow Up Department"s Major Abdul Rahman Fakhroo then went on to explain the department"s services to the audience. "The Search and Follow Up Department is mainly concerned with organising entry, residence, exit and sponsorship in the country. The services offered by the department include legal protection for victims of visa trading, securing the departure of employees in case of the sponsor"s refusal to grant an exit permit and offering facilities to detainees at deportation wards,"A[yen] Fakhroo said. The Major further explained the means through which communities can communicate with the department.

Services and roles of Human Rights Department were introduced by Abdullah Sultan al Nuaimi, an official from the department"s complaints section. As for community policing, Captain Rashid Mubarak al Khayareen discussed the role of the communities in sustaining law and order as well as preserving the country"s customs and traditions.

"The concept of community policing is new and most people are unaware of it. It"s about the collaboration between the police and the community as one body working towards one goal,"A[yen] he said.

"We have people coming from different backgrounds, culture and religious beliefs. Our aim is to create one cohesive community for all people from all backgrounds,"A[yen] he added.

Sunday night"s seminar also featured a short film about pedestrian deaths due to carelessness and negligence, as well as one about the procedures that the Search and Follow Up Department follows to guide detainees at deportation centres and the services and facilities provided to them during detention.

After the ministry"s four departments explained their services, the Public Relations Department introduced the services provided by MoI"s 14 Services Centres spread across the country.

The seminar concluded with briefing the audience on the ministry"s recentlylaunched "Metrash2" service as well as explaining how to activate it.

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Date:Jul 9, 2013
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