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Community police officers to be trained in plan to fight addiction

Bahrain News
Sat, 10 Feb 2018
GDN Online Desk

FIVE community police officers from each governorate will be trained in a major programme aimed at keeping schoolchildren away from violence and drugs.

They will be taught how to effectively implement the Interior Ministry’s anti-violence and anti-addiction programme, Ma’an (Together).

Capital Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa made the announcement during an interview on the Bahrain TV programme Al Rai (The Opinion), along with Ma’an programme director Ali Amini.

Since Sunday, Ma’an has been expanded to cover all 211 government schools, with nearly 128,000 students enrolled in primary and intermediate levels.

The project was launched in 2011 and is part of a US-based international programme called Drug Abuse Resistance Education that seeks to prevent drug use, gang membership and violent behaviour among the students.

The programme is run by police officers in 43 countries and Bahrain is the first country to deliver it in Arabic.

In Bahrain currently 94 community police officers are involved, with each officer covering two schools.

However, the aim is to have one officer covering one school.

Plans are also underway to expand the programme to include secondary and university students.