Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, arrive for an open discussion with residents of Al Barsha. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai: Dubai residents have developed a greater sense of responsibility in terms of joining hands with law enforcement officers and assisting Dubai Police in combating crime, a top official said on Saturday.

Vigilance of two residents who helped in foiling a heist last week, according to Dubai police, is one of the most recent incidents that highlight how Dubai residents have become the first line of defence in curtailing crime and criminals. “Last week, an Indian and a Pakistani resident foiled a robbery in Dubai. A thief snatched a large amount of cash from a victim on the street and the two residents caught him,” Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said during an open community session with residents of Al Barsha area.

Top Dubai Police officers sat down with around 100 members of the public and responded to questions and suggestions during the session at Al Barsha hall on Saturday. “Our community initiatives and opening channels to communicate with the society make the residents feel more responsible about reporting or preventing crimes in Dubai. Society is an important partner for us to have better and safer city,” he added.

Dubai police said that their aim is to improve levels of performance, effectiveness and efficiency in order to raise the sense of safety and security across the society.

“Open sessions with the public will be held in all areas to speak face to face with residents and hear their concerns. We have more than 200 nationalities in the city and it is a challenge for us to communicate with everybody for better services,” Major General Al Merri added.

Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs at Dubai Police, said that parents have a major role to educate their children and raise them on how to be responsible in the society.

“People are part of the security in Dubai and social services are available in all police stations in all languages. It is a positive partnership between Dubai Police and the public,” Major General Al Mansouri said.

He stated that such initiatives will surely reflect on Dubai Police’s reputation and image, and support its objectives and strategic vision of spreading a positive spirit and happiness across the community.

“We are keen to boost the concept of community policing.”

Abdullah Hareb, an Emirati businessman and a father, appealed to the police to find a solution to ease traffic around schools during rush hours claiming it takes him too long to drop his children to the school. Dubai Police promised him to coordinate with Roads and Transport Authority to find a solution to the problem in the near future.

Another Emirati resident, Jasim Mohammad, complained about a shop selling Karak tea near his house, saying customers stand near the shop and make a lot of noise. Brigadier Abdul Raheem Bin Shafee director of Al Barsha Police Station asked Mohammad to call him later to have a meeting and solve the problem.