Canadian University Dubai (CUD) students had an opportunity to gain new insights into e-crime, traffic safety, mental health and substance use at the ‘Protect Yourself’ safety campaign, organized by Dubai Police on campus. The campaign aimed to raise awareness about safety and responsibility amongst the university community.
The event also featured a live performance by Dubai Police K-9 units for students to observe the police dogs in action.
Lt. Ahmed Al Kaabi, Head of Community Programs, in collaboration with Lt. Khalid Al Hashmi and Lt. Rashed Al Shaamsi ran an interactive workshop, where students and other attendees learned how to stay safe on the internet, protect their social media accounts, and report an e-crime.
This was followed by another informative workshop delivered by Dr. Amany Haroun, Consultant Psychiatrist at Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital, covering topics such as drug addiction and substance use and how they can be linked to mental health issues.
Commenting on the initiative, Ms. Raneem Nageeb, Student Counselor said: “The Protect Yourself awareness campaign definitely fulfilled its purpose. Students walked away with an improved understanding of the laws that protect them and their rights and responsibilities as young adults. The e-crime workshop was one of the most insightful due to the popularity of technology and social media use. Student’s learned what constitutes an e-crime, how to protect their accounts, and how to report e-crimes and online harassment to the authorities.”
Alongside the workshop series, CUD Hall C Atrium hosted an exhibition of various Dubai Police departments including General Department of Anti-Narcotics, General Department of Criminal Investigations, Department of Punitive and Correctional Institutions and Department of Community Service.
The event was concluded by a Q&A session led by Dubai Police representatives addressing questions from the audience.