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King orders restructuring of police command, units

Directives follow similar moves to make changes to army command, reform judiciary

By JT - Oct 24,2016 - Last updated at Oct 24,2016

His Majesty King Abdullah visits the Public Security Department on Monday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), on Monday ordered a restructuring of the Public Security Department’s (PSD) administrations “to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of the department and its cadres”, a Royal Court statement said.

His Majesty issued the directives during a visit to the PSD, where he met with its director, Maj. Gen. Atef Saudi, who briefed the King on plans to improve the performance of all police units and modernise the traffic management system, harnessing the latest technologies used in police work.

His Majesty commended the efforts of the PSD personnel in preserving the country’s safety and security, the Royal Court said.

On the sidelines of the visit, King Abdullah toured the PSD’s command centre and was briefed on the updates on the tasks and roles of the facility, which include activating a CCTV supervision system through cameras spread around the Kingdom.

The Monarch also checked on the mechanism applied in processing citizen complaints and ensuring swift and precise responses, in addition to the means to communicate with people with hearing or speech disabilities to meet their needs. 

Following the release of his sixth discussion paper, which dealt basically with the concepts of the rule of law and civil state, His Majesty formed a committee of seasoned jurists chaired by former prime minister Zeid Rifai to suggest a makeover to the judicial system.


He had also ordered restructuring of JAF commands after appointing a new army chief. 

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