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Sunday , October 20 2019

MPs bid to boost powers of police

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 4: MPs Mohammed Al-Dalaal, Osama Al-Shaheen, Askar Al-Enezi, Mohammed Al-Huwaila and Mubarak Al-Hajraf submitted a proposal to amend Law No. 23/1968 on police force regulation in order to allow certain policemen to take legal action against suspects within their jurisdiction.

In their explanatory note, the MPs pointed out that the State of Kuwait has taken great legislative strides to establish the police community; similar to what has been done in numerous other countries.

They said the police force is considered the link between society and law enforcement, ensuring higher level of crime prevention and raising legal awareness in society.

They clarified that due to an administrative decision, policemen cannot perform their duties in maximum capacity; hence, the need for legislation to ensure they serve their purpose.

In accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Interior undersecretary, the proposed amendment stipulates granting ‘judicial status’ to certain members of the police force in order to allow them to conduct arrest operations and issue violation tickets within their jurisdiction.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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