United Arab Emirates honors Tarleton criminology program

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STEPHENVILLE (June 12, 2015) — The Ministry of the Interior of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently honored Tarleton State University for educating the country’s police lieutenants.

UAE Police Capt. Abdullah Saishamisi presented Dr. Alex del Carmen, executive director of Tarleton’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies, with a plaque inscribed “In Appreciation for Your Dedication and Leadership.”

Currently, 25 police lieutenants from UAE are enrolled in the master’s in criminal justice program at Tarleton’s Fort Worth campus.

“There is a correlation between education and an officer’s performance,” said del Carmen, who traveled to UAE in March to meet with police officials there. “With education, officers tend to use less lethal force and more ‘verbal judo’ to diffuse situations.”

While in Abu Dhabi, del Carmen met with police officials about providing more education to the country’s police officers. The Ministry of Interior’s web site says it “is dedicated to establishing a modern police system equipped with efficiency and the ability to fight crime and provide security, stability and safety for all citizens.”

In an effort to achieve that goal, the Ministry of Interior’s police captains are interested in participating in two new programs being developed at Tarleton, a doctoral degree in criminal justice and a certificate in cyber security.

Although UAE’s Ministry of Interior partners with other universities throughout the United States, del Carmen said Tarleton’s programs and the Dallas-Fort Worth area offer unique opportunities.

“Our students benefit from hands-on learning at the Fort Worth Police Department,” del Carmen said. “Over the course of each summer, they train directly with police officers in Fort Worth.”

Four UAE police lieutenants graduated with masters’ degrees in criminal justice from Tarleton in early May. After graduation, lieutenants return to the UAE and are promoted. Del Carmen said UAE’s Ministry of Interior is very interested in continuing its partnership with Tarleton.

“The Ministry of the Interior is promoting an environment of academic excellence in the country’s police department,” del Carmen said. “At Tarleton, we now have an historic opportunity to respond to unique challenges that law enforcement is facing. We are ready to address social challenges that have developed in the United States and abroad.”

To learn more about Tarleton’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies please visitwww.tarleton.edu/criminaljustice.

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