Yemeni women police force  

By Capt. Saleh Al Duais  
MA in police science  
Director of public relations and moral guidance at the police academy  

Among the most important developments in the Yemeni police force in the last two decades of the 20th century has been the employment of female staff in many specialist areas. This change came about due to the ability of women to make a contribution in areas linked to female issues, and the domestic side of the security services.


The overall number of policewomen in the police service had reached 1,476 by the end of 1999. They are now represented throughout the ranks, except that of brigadier, as a result of the recent graduation of female police academy graduates. The former police academy in Aden graduated the first policewomen in the early 1980s, and continued training programs for women until 1992. By the time it closed, Aden police academy had graduated twelve groups of female officers. 
Policewomen work in various branches of the Interior Ministry, starting their initial duties at the ministry's headquarters before going on to specialise in various areas of police work. These include: prisons, juvenile centers, homicide divisions, interpol, civil registration, immigration and passport control, general and central security, civil defense, guarding installations, and communications and tourism police. 
The percentage of policewomen in each section differs from one to another, according to the jurisdictions and mission statements of each. For example, there are 324 policewomen in the capital assigned to the following ranks: 
- 59 Policewomen in Ministry of Interior  
- 46 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Supply Office  
- 69 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Manuciblity Police 
- 27 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Civil Affairs and Registerations  
- 26 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Prisons Police 
- 25 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Passports and Nationality Office 
- 11 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Criminals Investigation Office 
- 7   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Emergency 
- 6   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in High Institue of Police Officers  
- 5   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Police Communications 
- 4   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Buildings Security 
- 3   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Traffic Office 
- 3   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Police Operations 
- 3   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Civil Defence 
- 3   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Police Training School 
- 2   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in Central Police Force 
Yemeni policewomen are led by 109 female officers assigned to the following ranks: 
2        Brigadiers 
2   Majors 
26   Sub-majors 
39   Chiefs 
29   Lieutenants 
11   Sub- lieutenants 
Policewomen in Yemen either perform duties carried out by their male colleagues or perform special duties in accordance with Yemeni customs and traditions. Thus, the inspection of women in airports, harbors and land routes are made by policewomen. The interrogation of women, arresting prostitutes, special investigations into juvenile or female cases, and the civil registration of women are all done by policewomen. 
Policewomen in Yemen usually work undercover, disguised as street vendors or sellers of clothes, spices and so on. Many also walk in their every day clothes to monitor public manners. 
Policewomen are respected and taken care of by police headquarters, and a special law on females in the police service will be tabled in parliament soon. 
Deputy Interior Minister Brig. Mutahar Al Masri said: "Security necessitates the presence of female police, for example to body search women. Past experience has proved the importance of policewomen in fighting crime, especially against female criminals acquiring information that perhaps policemen cannot obtain. Futhermore, I believe that Yemen should take on board developments of other countries in the use of female police officers in all areas of security." 
Policewomen are a human necessity, and have a social duty to preserve the honor of people, protect public behaviour and protect the special interests of over ten million women. 
However, the number of policewomen, compared to their fields of duty,  
is still too small. Therefore, we appeal to parents to allow their daughters the opportunity to join the special training courses that are to be held in police training centres and institutes. We also appeal to the Interior Ministry to provide a conducive working atmosphere for female staff and spread public awareness 


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