The provision of security and tranquility for all classes of people is the main task of the organs of the Ministry of Interior, which is based on strategic development, flexibility and efficiency and adopt the spirit and texts on legal standards and ethical values and is committed to transparency and credibility, accountability, equality and fairness, altruism and justice among the people.
To achieve a security environment by securing an appropriate atmosphere for development and growth in all through:
- Preventing crimes and immoral behaviors and acts that harms public security.
- Guaranteeing public safety for all citizens, residents, visitors and for public and private utilities.
- Security readiness in order to
- Enforce laws and maintain public order (combating violence and terror).
- Crises Management and facing natural and industrial disasters.
- Securing excellent police services.
All members of ministry of interior affairs should pledge to adopt the following principles and basics:
- Speed response in case of accident and emergency.
- Effective contribution in dealing with all accidents.
- Transparency through facilitation of measures to be clean, objective, truthful.
- Equal treatment for all, without being partial to officials.
- Humanitarian and civilized treatment for all categories of society.
- Activating partnership with society, providing a healthy and security atmosphere, and Appling the banner of "security is all's responsibility"
Brief History of Bahrain's Police
History of the Police in Bahrain goes back to the era of Sheikh Issa bin Ali Al Khalifa (God bless his soul), the late ruler of Bahrain – 1286-1351 Hijra (Islamic calendar)/1869-1932AC) –, who ordered for operating regular patrol guards in 1869. During the era of the late Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa (God bless his soul) – 1351-1361 Hijra (Islamic calendar)/1932-1942AC) –, the first regular police division was established in 1926.
In 1937AC, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa (God bless his soul) became the head of the police and public security, thanks his efforts, the administrative organizations of the police was created and many improvements were introduced. He also established the coast guards force and provided them with boats, which were made locally under his supervision. He encouraged Bahraini young people to join to the police.
As for the era of His Majesty Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa – 1361-1381 Hijra (Islamic calendar)/1942-1961AC) –, His Excellency Sheikh Mohamed bin Salman Al- Khalifa was appointed general chairman of the police 3 May 1961. This led to a new era of administrative organizations and new divisions was created. In addiction, systems were introduced for traffic, migration, and public safety, as well as introducing the legislations necessary for combating crimes.
After Bahrain's Independence in 1971 in the era of His Highness Sheikh Issa bin Salman Al-Khalifa (God bless his soul), the governmental agencies were merged into ministries. This included merging the directorate of the police of the Bahrain government into the Ministry of Interior which was the portfolio of Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa AlKhalifa.
Ministry of Interior during the era of reform, development and modernization
During the era of His Majesty King Hamad bin Issa Al khalifa (God protect him), Lieutenant General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al khalifa was appointed Minister of Interior in 2004. From that time, the country started a process of development and modernization in various fields of the security work, including training and qualifying staff, increasing capacities and readiness, enabling security forces from using the most modern technologies and sophisticated methods to cope with developments and address challenges; and working to provide the suitable protection for the development and progress, under the great reform project launched by his majesty.
Based on such a project, the most prominent systems used included:
- The Geographical Security System
- The Unified Criminal System
- The Electronic Visa System-
The process of upgrading included also modernization of equipment of the security forces – land , navy or air equipments. This involved also the construction of facilities and developing infrastructure.
The ministry also witnessed openness to the global experiences through communication, coordination and signing of many security agreements, as well as exchanging of security teams, and organizing conferences and security forums. This involved inviting experts and specialists to discuss significant security issues and find solutions.
To strengthen the concept of comprehensive security community partnership in this respect, community service police has been set up, reflecting an important development in the police work based on cooperation with society in bearing the common responsibility of maintaining security and stability.