In a display of tactical prowess and unwavering dedication, Dubai Police emerged victorious at the prestigious UAE SWAT Challenge, clinching the coveted title amid fierce competition.
The event, held under the patronage of Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, witnessed Dubai Police’s B team clinching the top spot with an impressive 325 points. In comparison, their A team secured a commendable second place with 303 points.
The Sardar team from Kazakhstan secured the third position, scoring 302 points, according to reports from the state news agency Wam.
The fifth annual UAE SWAT Challenge reached its exhilarating conclusion at the Dubai Police Training Centre in Al Ruwayyah, where 11 squads from the UAE showcased their skills.
Notably, this year’s competition saw a significant increase in participation, with 87 teams from 48 countries vying for victory, up from 55 teams in the previous year. The total prize pool amounted to Dh1 million ($272,000), reflecting the prestige and significance of the event.
Comprising categories such as tactical manoeuvres, assault tactics, officer rescue simulations, tower challenges, and obstacle courses, the UAE SWAT Challenge presented a rigorous test of skill, resilience, and teamwork.
In the obstacle challenge, the RNP SWAT team from Rwanda demonstrated exceptional agility and strategy, securing victory with 52 points. Teams from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan secured the second and third positions, respectively, with scores of 51 and 50.
Maj Gen Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, assistant commander-in-chief for operations affairs at Dubai Police, presided over the ceremony, where the top 10 finishers were awarded their well-deserved trophies.
The event also marked a historic moment as the Abu Dhabi Police women’s team made their debut, underscoring the commitment to gender equality and inclusivity in the realm of law enforcement.
“The decision to form the all-women team was made last year with the goal to excel on both local and global stages,” remarked Lobna Elhalawani, fitness trainer for the force’s elite F7 Directorate, emphasizing the importance of representation and empowerment within the profession.
Notably, other all-women teams from Chile, Belarus, and Thailand also participated, further enriching the spirit of camaraderie and diversity at the event.
The UAE SWAT Challenge serves as a platform to foster cooperation and mutual understanding among international SWAT teams while showcasing best practices in the field.
Since its inception in 2019, the event has grown exponentially, attracting teams from across the UAE and international participants eager to test their mettle on a global stage.
With tests designed to evaluate tactical skills, mental acuity, and physical endurance, the challenge embodies the essence of excellence and professionalism in law enforcement.
As Dubai Police celebrates their triumph at the UAE SWAT Challenge, the event stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment to upholding security and safety domestically and internationally.
Through collaboration and shared expertise, law enforcement agencies continue to raise the bar of excellence, ensuring a safer and more secure future for communities worldwide.
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