Jeddah: The Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), also known as the Religious Police, is to start working in tourist attractions in the kingdom after its staff received the necessary training, media reported on Thursday.
According to reports, in coordination with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), 450 members of the religious police received intensive training to be able to maintain law and order in tourist areas and to deal with different echelons of the society, said Sheikh Abdul Latif Al al-Sheikh, CPVPV director general.
“We signed an agreement with SCTA,” he told the Saudi newspaper al-Watan. “We provide them with the staff that we believe is suitable for the job and they pay for the training they also conduct.”
The training, he explained, included familiarizing members of the religious police with tourist attractions in the kingdom and the type of tourists expected to visit each place including foreign ones.
“They were taught how to deal with each type in a way that does not violate Islamic laws.”
Sheikh noted that the training consisted of 12 courses in 12 different areas in the kingdom and lasted for a total of five months.
“Each course included 35 trainees with the exception of the one held in Riyadh which included 50.”
He stressed the importance of cooperation between CPVPV and SCTA in the field of tourism.
“Both institutions have to work together in order to boost tourism and serve tourists within the framework of Islamic teachings,” he concluded.