The priority intelligence topic relates to the negative impact the UAE politics have on its police officers, which jeopardizes the safety of local citizens together with police units. UAE politicians are a threat and a nuisance to the nation’s police service. Political interference has not only led police officers into making unethical decisions that do not adhere to the nation’s constitution, but also has resulted to death of police officers and inhumanity within the police system. The nation created a distinctive national security strategy, although it is a project criticized as a mercenary operation developed by shady security firms. In 2011, the UAE sent around 500 officers for military intervention to Bahrain to work under the Saudi Gulf Cooperation Council to support Al Khalifa’s regime against the Shiite-led uprising (Katzman, 2017).
Many of the army personnel died. While politics and national security are two different aspects, the government, lobbyists, and politicians utilize the police officers for their selfish interests.
Why PIR should be Considered a Priority
The UAE has strived to enhance its prominence globally, playing significant roles in regional development. A notable characteristic is a perception that it is one of the wealthiest nations worldwide. The local authorities have provided the expected environment for its development. There have been claims that police officers only serve the nation’s politicians’ needs and not citizens. The law enforcement agency’s officers are reluctant to accomplish their role performance effectively and efficiently. Instead, they are used to serve other purposes, thus affecting the country’s security. For example, at some point, the UAE decided to send its police officers to fight outside its jurisdiction, causing the death of many of its competent officers. Due to the politicians using the police service to serve their interests, human rights activists have been complaining about the increased number of political prisoners, arbitrary detentions and arrests, incommunicado confinements, substantial interference with freedom of association, and rights of people to assemble peacefully (United States Department of State: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 2019). The UAE constitution prohibits degrading punishment and torture, but there are reports of such incidents occurring annually, and the police force is yet to address the issue. Instead of the personnel protecting the citizens, they continue harassing them increasingly. The association of politics and local authorities in the UAE requires to be addressed to guarantee safety for everyone.
The proposed PIR is the need for reforms within police departments that will mitigate, help deal with the issue of political interference.
EEIs include; the capacity in which politicians are able to influence the decision-making process within police departments, will implementation of new police reforms enhance the performance of police units across UAE, and will the new police reforms ensure that everybody adheres to the constitution regardless of their position. These EEIs will help analyze the effectiveness the proposed PIR has on the police department, and will also determine if political interference is really an issue that affects the performance of police officers within UAE.
SIRs include; analyzing tactics that politicians use to interfere with police operations, for instance, do police officers get bribed a factor that affects their decision-making process. If implemented, will the police reforms be effective or the UAE should develop other means to deal with the issue. Characteristics of individuals who are above the law is an element that requires to be analyzed. To collect data various methods including the OSINT, HUMINT, AND MASINT will be utilized.
The Stakeholders Benefiting From the PIR
Different stakeholders benefit from the PIR initiative. They include the UAE government, the United Nations, the Ministry of Interior, the local police force, human rights groups, and the UAE citizens. All these parties will be interested in knowing the outcomes of restructuring the UAE’s law enforcement agency.
References Katzman, K. (2017). The United Arab Emirates (UAE): Issues for U.S. policy. Congressional Research service. Retrieved from https://www.refworld.org/pdfid/595f590b4.pdf United States Department of State: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. (2019). The United Arab Emirates 2019 human rights report. [PDF file]. Retrieved from https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/UNITED-ARAB-EMIRATES-2019-HUMAN-RIGHTS-REPORT.pdf