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First Female Police Class Graduates

Congratulations to the first class of female police academy graduates! I remember when women were first integrated into the US Military, my husband was assigned one of the first female lieutenants in Europe. I remember him saying, a year or two later that many of his best soldiers were women. I expect that that it will take some getting used to in Kuwait – just as it does in any country – and that the country will be the better for it in the long run.

These brave women have had the courage to break a barrier. God bless their work!

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Al Watan staff

KUWAIT: The Support Authority at the Ministry of Interior held an open day on Wednesday for the parents of the first group of female cadets who joined the police academy this year. The event was held under the patronage of Undersecretary for Training and Education Brigadier Sheikh Ahmad AlـNawaf AlـSabah.

Brigadier Yusuf AlـMudhika welcomed the parents and sponsors of the event and said that Kuwait is grateful to the Kingdom of Bahrain for “making this dream a reality.” Bahrain has provided Kuwait with muchـneeded expertise in this field as it has already established a police academy for female cadets.

AlـMudhika explained that the new training for women has been designed to conform with Islamic teachings, customs and traditions and that the female cadets have proved to be as efficient and punctual as their male counterparts. He also referred to the curriculum and their daily timetable and said that their uniform has also been carefully selected to suit the cadets and that military accessories are being used to give a professional and disciplinary appearance.

He also mentioned the CCTV cameras within the academy and said that the parents had toured the cadets” dorms and shown satisfaction with their daughters” daily activities and their living quarters.

Last updated on Friday 14/11/2008

November 14, 2008 - Posted by | Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues, Women's Issues

16 Comments »

  1. Lets hope this was a smart move and they dont turn out to be *!#^&%^&$$&

    Comment by Ansam | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. Ooooo I can’t wait to get pulled over by one of’em 😛

    Comment by Q8GEEK | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  3. C-C-C-Combo breakers. Yet the barrier that stands in front of females who want to become cadets is their family’s permission since not many Kuwaiti families prefer for their daughters to become cadets, and also maybe not many Kuwaiti men would like to marry a female cadet. Nothing can be useful, not even the parliament, as long as the ideology is backwards.

    Comment by The M Code | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  4. Do they receive what media have labeled “bullet-proof bras”?

    Comment by Andra | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  5. Excuse me? Ansam? Ansam, that was you?? LOL

    Q8Geek – I think you will be surprised. Women tend to be no nonsense cops – no flirting your way out of a speeding ticket, no batting your eyelashes out of a parking fine . . .

    MCode, you mean multiple barriers? I had not even considered several of your points. What amazing women.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  6. Andra – I’m surprised at how comfortable they look – I was expecting something like chain mail, I guess.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  7. Other than office work I think they will be limited to crime scene and female cases only. I think it’s still early for them to go out in the streets and co-work with other male policemen.

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  8. intlxpatr:
    things will change when they see me… i have special weapons 😛

    Comment by Q8GEEK | November 14, 2008 | Reply

  9. I hope they turn out professional!!! Thats all :-S

    Comment by Ansam | November 15, 2008 | Reply

  10. Interesting, Mac. I never thought they would work as a team on the street with males, only as female teams. I can’t imagine, in this current environment, that any kind of male-female team would even be possible, can you?

    Ahhh, Q8Geek, right!

    Ansam – I hope so, too. They are carrying a heavy load of expectations, and will be watched closely. In Kuwait that is a problem even when you are NOT in such an exposed position, isn’t it?

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 15, 2008 | Reply

  11. hmm not really!

    Comment by Ansam | November 15, 2008 | Reply

  12. Well it has been proven to work fine (except in some rare cases) in private sector as well as banking. This though, it’s far more sensitive and it needs more time.

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | November 15, 2008 | Reply

  13. congratulations Kuwait for another step in the right direction! 🙂

    Comment by Evil Knievel | November 15, 2008 | Reply

  14. Elf Mabroooooooook ya Kuwaitiat! It is about time.

    I hae a couple questions about the story:

    “as efficient and punctual as their male counterparts” – does that mean that they expected them to be less or more efficient and punctual?

    Got a question about the uniform: Do all those women wear hijab or is the uniform the hijab?

    Comment by Desert Girl | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  15. Ansam – I think it is really really hard when you break a barrier like this one. Women make great police; sometimes it takes society a while to catch up.

    Mac, my understanding is that Kuwait has a long tradition of women handling responsible roles – pre-oil, they managed the family wealth, business and relations while the men were out to sea. Once oil became an industry, I understand Kuwaiti women were among the first petroleum engineers – am I off here? Mistaken?

    LLOOLL, Desert Girl, that didn’t catch my eye. Given my experience with the traffic police, it’s a pretty low expectation.

    I think in the picture that there are women just wearing the hat. I think the hat is the uniform, and the hijab underneath the hat is a choice, but I may be wrong, I am just guessing from what I think I see in the photo.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 16, 2008 | Reply

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