Safiqa Hossain of DOT
 Saudi women police officers have been fronting Makkah’s security force for the first time during this year’s Hajj season. Following last year’s government announcement that women could join the military service, female officers have been able to join their male colleagues in policing the holy city for the Muslim festival, reports Arab News and Saraangla.net.
 Afnan Abu Hussein, who was among the first batch of women cadets to graduate from police service training, told Al-Ekhbariya TV: “This is a source of pride and happiness for us. Hajj is a very busy season for us, unlike normal days.”  After confirming their health situation every pilgrim is allowed to do Hajj. On Wednesday the formality of this year’s Hajj begins in a different way with the health examination and strict security of the pilgrims. Meanwhile, the Saudi police department said, total 244 people were arrested on Wednesday for going on Hajj without permission. Each of them can be fined maximum of 10,000 riyals.