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The UAE Ministry of Interior is in charge of Law enforcement (and) is also responsible for maintaining the prisons, under the Corrections Department. Under this Ministry, is also the Immigration Department. The responsibility of each emirate of the UAE; each emirate's police force is responsible for matters within their own borders, but they routinely share information with each other on various areas. The forces also each have units to deal with protests, riot control or heavily armed suspects.
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Its flag is the coat of arms ( over a white horizontal flag and below the inscription in Arabic (English: United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior) as seen here: (source:

The (Federal) Police, labeled as a paramilitary force in the UAE, comes under the Ministry of Interior. They are one of the two armed components (the other being the Armed Forces).

For additional information go to MOI (Ministry of Interior):
Esteban Rivera, 8 November 2018

Dubai Police Flag

[UAE Police flag] image by Jaume Ollé, 7 April 2007

The script on the flag image states "ash-Shurta," meaning "Police."
Joe McMillan, 22 March 2007

I was in Dubai in December 2006 and took some photos of the police flag and emblem I found there. You will see from this photo that the police flag has a green, not blue, background with the emblem in yellow. I was in more than one Emirate and saw the same police flag flying in Emirates other than Dubai, so I assumed it was the UAE Police flag and emblem, rather than being for a specific emirate.
Bruce Berry, 22 March 2007

Dubai Police rolled out a new logo today, including a new flag. An image of the flag was temporarily, though the details were not tremendously clear. The article is no longer available.
Dave Fowler, 5 January 2018

Abu Dhabi Police Flag

[Abu Dhabi Police flag] image by Ruppert Baird, 3 November 2017

The Abu Dhabi PD flag is blue with the national emblem.
Ruppert Baird, 3 November 2017

Police Academy flag

[UAE Police Academy flag]
image by Jaume Ollé, 7 April 2007

Report of blue police flag

According to Crampton 1989a, p. 83, the flag of the United Arab Emirates police is "blue with national flag in the canton and police badge in the fly".
Randy Young, 9 February 2001

The question arises about the blue flag with canton and badge reported by Crampton 1989a (see above) - was it an erroneous report, an obsolete flag, or an ensign just for police vessels (the latter just conjecture on my part, but the pattern does suggest it)?
Ned Smith, 23 March 2007

About the UAE police flag I suspect that the flag can be blue without the federal flag in canton, but I'm not sure. Others flags were changed by moving the federal flag out of the canton.
Jaume Ollé, 7 April 2007

Female Police Flag

I recently saw a photo of a parade of the Female Police in Abu Dhabi, and they bear a flag as that of Nigeria, but it probably is the flag of the Women Police of the United Arab Emirates.
Jaume Ollé, 14 June 1999