Bahrain is also adopting a number of new technologies in the field to better equip police forces in combating crime, revealed Public Security chief Major General Tariq Al Hassan.

He was speaking yesterday on the sidelines of the third GCC Forensic Conference and Exhibition held at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain, where he highlighted a reduction in the crime rate in the country despite rising security threats around the region.

“Crime in Bahrain has reduced since 2009, however, there are terrorist threats in the region which are the by-products of the happenings around the globe,” he told the GDN.

“The threat is on the rise, however, the number of crimes have gone down.”

Held under the patronage of Interior Minister General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, the two-day forum gathered 36 expert speakers from around the globe discussing the role of forensics and latest developments.

At yesterday’s opening, the Interior Ministry presented a video that highlighted complex cases being resolved using modern forensic technologies.

The ministry said it was adopting more of such techniques in solving crimes in the country.

“I may not be able to specify the modern technologies that the ministry will be coming up with in the future because there are many developments happening in all aspects of criminology and forensic sciences,” added Major General Al Hassan.

“What we aim from this event is to share knowledge and expertise, to be able to exchange experiences and ideas from other colleagues working in the GCC or outside.

“And also to be able to look at what technology has to provide today in these fields.

“We are updating and are always trying to be one step ahead in these areas.

“Actually the crime rate in Bahrain is not that high – Bahrain is a low crime country.

“The reasons are many, but the main one is that we have a peace loving community or society – there is good partnership between the police and people.”

He said the national database of records that will aim to help resolve crimes in the country will adopt latest methods including DNA technology.

“A national database having all details that are relevant to the police is something that we are working on and we are developing on it,” he said.

“We aim to have all these information to be made available to the officers.”

During the forum, Major General Al Hassan also opened an exhibition featuring 34 companies with products related to the field.

“There are new technologies used by criminals, like in cyber crime, and artificial intelligence is a new development in the world of protection and policing,” he added.

“Such techniques are also available to the police and they are doing their best through these conferences by getting updated on these technologies to combat cyber crimes.”

He added that several memorandums of understanding are expected to be signed with companies from the UK and Australia on the sidelines of the forum, which will end today.

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