Under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, the Ministry of Interior on Monday celebrated the winners of its Security Research Prize for 2018/2019.
The ceremony was attended by HE the Director of Public Security Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim al-Khulaifi and a number of officials at the Ministry of Interior.
Addressing the ceremony, Brigadier Dr Mohamed Abdullah al-Mahanna al-Marri, the Director-General of the Police College and Chairman of the MoI Security Research Prize Committee, said that the theme of the prize was about the role of community partnership in protecting young people from cybercrime, given the importance of community partnership as an essential pillar for achieving security in its comprehensive concept.
He added that the prize provided an opportunity for all male and female researchers to contribute with their ideas and to suggest the best means to address security issues on a scientific basis, noting that the concerned committee had received distinguished researches in accordance with the conditions and rules regulating the process of participation and scientific research.
He explained that the winning researches dealt comprehensively and professionally with ways to protect young people from cybercrime by way of community partnership, setting up precautionary plans and measures to protect young people, and providing a practical and scientific vision to ensure the achievement of the desired goals.
He underlined that the results of those researches will be put into practice through many procedures, noting that the results come in the form of an implementation plan by the winning researcher, and accordingly a working group from the ministry is formed to invite the authorities to convert these results into activities and programmes developed in an operational plan for the departments of the Ministry of Interior, and followed up through solid scientific measurement indicators.
Brigadier Dr Mohamed Abdullah al-Mahanna al-Marri announced the theme of the MoI Security Research Prize for 2020, which will tackle family disintegration and its impact on the social structure.
The ceremony concluded with the Director of Public Security handing out certificates of appreciation to the winners and the arbitrators.
Winner of the first place was researcher Layla Fadl Hamad al-Sada from the Ministry of Interior, while Zainab Haidari came second and Ameena Mohamed al-Ansari third.
The conditions of the contest stipulate that the applicant must be a citizen or a resident of Qatar, employees in scientific institutions and research centres or retired, or juridical persons of the scientific institutions and research centres headquartered in Qatar.
The work submitted must be characterised by quality, originality and objectivity, and provide the foundations and conditions for solid and accepted scientific research recognised by the scientific and research community.
The research presented must adhere to the theme announced, and contribute to addressing the security problems and issues under discussion faced by the country, and to provide a practical and scientific vision of how to address the issue so that it can be translated into targeted policies or strategies.
Colonel Mohamed Rabia al-Kuwari, Director of the Strategic Studies Centre and Vice-Chairman of the Prize Committee, stated that of the QR150,000 prize money QR50,000 is allocated for each of the three categories, which are (citizens) and (residents) and (legal persons).
The prize is distributed in the three categories - QR25,000 for winner of the first place, QR15,000 for winner of the second place, and QR10,000 for winner of the third place.
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