BE­YOND THE CALL OF DUTY

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - LETTERS -

In the last few years the po­lice have had more than their fair share of crit­i­cism, be­rate­ment and out­right con­dem­na­tion for their al­leged bru­tal­ity and in­ef­fi­cacy in en­forc­ing laws in a civil and pro­fes­sional man­ner. I, there­fore, would like to share the fol­low­ing story with the read­ers to cast a to­tally dif­fer­ent light on our law en­forcers.

Two weeks ago, my wife and I trav­eled to Tiberias to give a sem­i­nar. On the way, just out­side the city, we stopped at a gas sta­tion, where my cell­phone was lost.

Notic­ing this only an hour later, we called the man­ager of the gas sta­tion, who in­formed us there was 24-hour surveillan­ce and, af­ter re­view­ing the film, was able to pro­vide us with li­cense-plate num­ber of the car driven by the thief. I promptly took this in­for­ma­tion to the Tiberias po­lice sta­tion. I was amazed by the warm, cor­dial way I was re­ceived. They treated me like fam­ily and af­ter an ini­tial in­take, con­nected me to a de­tec­tive who im­me­di­ately re­as­sured me – with a thick Rus­sian ac­cent – “Don’t worry, I’ll get it.”

When I asked how he was plan­ning to do so, he promptly re­sponded – af­ter hear­ing I was a neu­rol­o­gist – “I don’t ask you how to prac­tice medicine, you don’t ask me how I get it.” His words came across in a warm, hu­mor­ous fash­ion and I told my wife: “Don’t worry, we are go­ing to get it back for sure!”

So when I re­ceived his call three days later, I was not at all sur­prised when he said, “I got it!” When he then re­quested I come to pick it up, I ex­plained that I live in Jerusalem, where­upon he told me he would find some way to bring it to me, prob­a­bly in a day or two. Sure enough, two days later, the po­lice in Tal­piot in­formed me that my phone was there. When I replied I was treat­ing pa­tients, they in­quired where I was – and within 15 min­utes a pa­trol car was out­side my clinic in Gi­vat Shaul, with two smil­ing of­fi­cers in­side who promptly re­turned my phone.

In­deed, we are quick to crit­i­cize, but how of­ten do we pause to praise the re­ally good peo­ple in our so­ci­ety for acts of lov­ing kind­ness “be­yond the call of duty.” DR. MOSHE DICKMAN Jerusalem

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