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Modern policing with human touch

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) celebrated ROP Day on January 5, an annual celebration that recounts the crucial role played by the force in Oman in terms of maintaining law and order and facilitating various official documentations necessary for both citizens and expatriates in the country.

ROP Day was first declared on January 5, 1980 and today, the force occupies a distinguished position among many other police forces in several countries by being a professional and responsible law enforcement force.

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has, over the past more than four decades, come a long way and carved a niche for itself among the world police forces in terms of its discipline and in implementing law and order effectively.

Speaking to the media, Brigadier Engineer Mohammed bin Awad al Rawas, Director-General of Traffic, said January 5 is a historic day in the march of the Royal Oman Police, which witnessed the development of performance, training and qualification of the human factor, and the modernisation of police facilities and buildings.

During this period, the number of road accidents decreased by 81per cent, injuries by 64 per cent, and deaths by 82 per cent in 2021. Compared to 2012 statistics, in light of the increase in the number of registered vehicles by 57 per cent and the number of driving licenses by 71 per cent for the same period, the online services provided by the Royal Oman Police through its applications achieved a community satisfaction rate of 94 per cent, thanks to the policies and law enforcement.

"Many traffic services are provided electronically, such as registration and renewal of vehicles, vehicle licence transfer service, printing vehicle licenses in addition to technical examination, issuance and renewal of driver's licenses and driving education licenses, booking test dates and monitoring results," he added.

The Brigadier General further said that the ROP is working to consolidate traffic safety among its employees by establishing traffic safety institutes in all governorates of the Sultanate of Oman to become houses of expertise and a centre for training and qualifying road users in the field of traffic safety.

In driving tests such as the electronic written test and advanced simulators, the Royal Oman Police is making relentless efforts to strengthen traffic safety.


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