Saudi prince calls for formation of Saudi policewomen force

September 29, 2010

Prince Saud

A Saudi prince has called for the formation of a policewomen force in Saudi Arabia, saying that the Saudi society has long delayed such a decision.

Writing for Saudi daily Al Ektisadiya, Prince Saud Bin Mansoor Al Saud noted that Saudi women have not been given the formal opportunity to work in the police force, unlike the rest of the world, even though some of them are familiar with wepoans.

“We know that women in the non urban areas are competent in dealing with weapons and in protecting their environment from bandits and cattle thieves,” the prince wrote.

One of the reasons to allow women to join a police force is to help tackle terror threats, according to the 33-year-old prince.

“Terrorism has for various reasons and motives harmed our security … Most of those wanted in connection with acts of terror, and especially since the publication of their names, have been moving around disguised in women’s clothes … They often fool our policemen because of our strong traditions,” he wrote in his column on Tuesday. “Checkpoints policemen cannot verify the identity of women, regardless of the level of suspicions, because of their subtle behaviour towards our women.”

A security study should be conducted to assess the situation and a training programme drafted within the confines of religion and based on the local traditions, he wrote.

“A good beginning would be to ask policemen out in the field if they wanted to have some of their female relatives employed along with them. The women would be dressed modestly, would work for some hours and would deal exclusively with women.”

Another possibility would be to have women-only vehicles at checkpoints that will be used to check the identity of women in cases of suspicions.  

“I do not see anything wrong with that even though we might hear voices complaining about the presence of Saudi women in vehicles,” Prince Saud wrote. “I see that it is better for well-trained Saudi women to be ready to help preserve the nation’s security than to remain idle at home watching series and rubbish television channels. It is much better than the insane empty hours.”

However, the prince insisted that his suggestion “is for those who want it to hear it, and not for those who will oppose it just for the sake of opposing it.”




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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