Cop shopped by vig­i­lant driv­ers

Of­fi­cer among 12,000 people fined af­ter be­ing re­ported by the pub­lic

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

A po­lice of­fi­cer who stopped his car in the mid­dle of the road for no rea­son is among the 12,000 traf­fic of­fend­ers fined by Dubai Po­lice af­ter be­ing re­ported by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

The cop was caught as part of the We Are All Po­lice cam­paign, which was launched in Jan­uary. It sees mo­torists urged to blow the whis­tle on bad driv­ing.

Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Di­rec­tor of the Traf­fic De­part­ment at Dubai Po­lice, said the cam­paign al­lows people to re­port any traf­fic of­fence im­me­di­ately to the po­lice con­trol room via a ded­i­cated free num­ber.

“The ser­vice re­lies on re­ports from the pub­lic and on in­ci­dents caught by sur­veil­lance cam­eras across Dubai,” Al Mazroui said. “More and more people are co­op­er­at­ing in this pro­gramme.”

So vig­i­lant are some driv­ers that one of those re­ported was a po­lice­man.

Al Mazroui said: “We re­ceived a call about a po­lice pa­trol that had stopped in the mid­dle of the road.

“We checked our com­mand cen­tre and the pa­trol wasn’t do­ing any­thing, so we fined the po­lice­man.”

Al Mazroui said the force recorded a to­tal of 12,431 of­fences through the pro­gramme. As well as mem­bers of the pub­lic, off-duty of­fi­cers also used the ser­vice to re­port of­fences they spot­ted.

Mo­torists can reg­is­ter on the Dubai Po­lice web­site for the We Are All Po­lice pro­gramme to sub­mit videos and im­ages. They can also call 800 4353. Al Mazroui said that when of­fi­cers re­ceive a call from the pub­lic they call the mo­torist in ques­tion to check if he was in the area at the time stated in the com­plaint to

con­firm the re­port. “If it’s a se­ri­ous of­fence like reck­less driv­ing or en­dan­ger­ing others lives then we need also to check our cam­eras and ques­tion the mo­torist,” Al Mazroui said. He said po­lice won’t is­sue a ticket un­less they re­ceive three calls from dif­fer­ent people. Al Mazroui said mo­torists should not take pic­tures of of­fences if they are be­hind the wheel as this is against the law and they could be fined.

1,000 the cur­rent max­i­mum fine for of­fences, in dirhams

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