His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Tuesday urged the Ministry of Interior (MoI) personnel to double efforts to maintain domestic security and stability.
His Highness the Amir, in a speech during a visit to MoI's Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's building, urged the police personnel to confront anyone attempting to undermine the country's stability, social fabric and chaos.
He said the country was facing "unprecedented negative phenomena," and they were growing due to the rising population and spread of social media, citing the increase use of drugs, murders, theft and trespassing.
"They require strict implementation of the law on all without any tolerance." His Highness the Amir however expressed content over the declining crimes' rate.
His Highness the Amir was accompanied by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Deputy head of National Gaurd Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
He called for the collaboration of efforts to address the traffic congestions, hoping the completion of new road networks would ease traffic.
His Highness the Amir, who was received by Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and MoI's Undersecretary Lt. General Sulaiman Al-Fahad, expressed concern at the alarming number of people being killed by road accidents. "This requires strict implementation of traffic laws and regulations, and to toughen penalties on violators and reckless," underlined his Highness the Amir.
On his part, Lt.-Gen. Suleiman Al-Fahad thanked His Highness the Amir for his annual visit, saying: "This inspiring tradition materialized the special father-son relationship and gives us impetus to double our efforts guided by your wise instructions." "Since your last visit, the security institution has made numerous achievements to promote the performance of the security personnel in terms of professionalism and preventive security over the last year.
"These achievements include; first, reducing the rate of offences by nine percent compared with the previous year, the rate of criminal offices by 18 percent, the rate of cases registered against unknown offenders by 28 percent, and the narcotic crimes by 17 percent.
"Second, reducing spending by approximately KD 32 million without affecting the efficacy of the security apparatus, and securing up to KD 140 million from traffic violations committed over the last two years," he said.
On the plan of the Interior Ministry for 2015-18, Lt.-Gen. Al-Fahad said it envisages sending intermediate officers on scholarships to Egypt, Jordan, Germany, Singapore and Britain to build their capacity and qualify them for assuming leading security positions in the future.
He noted that the number of police and traffic patrols grew by 2,700 in 2015 besides 883 traffic patrols and 550 police patrols that joined service in last March equipped with the state-of-the-art technologies.
He added that the security services made headway in leveraging the electronic systems through launching the central electronic library, mounting surveillance cameras on roads and key facilities, the electronic passport system, and launching an alternative premise for the central computer system at Nawaf Al-Ahmad Building in the Ministry of Interior in Sabhan neighborhood.
His Highness the Amir was accompanied by Minister of Amiri Diwan Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Amir's Chief of Staff Ahmad Fahad Al-Fahad, Head of the Amiri protocols Sheikh Khaled Abdullah Al-Sabah, Undersecretary of Highness the Crown Prince's Diwan Sheikh Mubarak Faisal Al-Sabah and head of the Media and Cultural Affairs at the Amiri Diwan Yusuf Al-Roumi.