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03 December 2023

Dubai says abuses by policemen won't be tolerated

Major General Khamis Al Mazinha (SUPPLIED)

By Staff

Dubai will take strenuous action against any member of the police force deliberately committing misdeeds against the public, including high-ranking police officers, the emirate’s deputy police chief has said.

Major General Khamis Al Mazina said 280 errors and abuses were reported to have been committed by police men in Dubai in 2011 and nearly 260 in 2010 but added that the “error ratio” remains as low as 0.02 per cent.

He said most of those misdeeds were just “behavioural” mistakes which were not committed deliberately and admitted that mistakes could happen not only in Dubai’s police force but in all other countries.

Mazina was reacting to complaints by some people about arbitrary measures taken by some police men against them.

“The question is whether these measures or mistakes are deliberate…if they are, then I tell you that they are rejected and condemned at all levels,” he told the Sharjah-based Arabic language daily 'Al Khaleej'.

“We in Dubai’s police, have a control body which is charged with investigating and following up such cases…it then prepares reports for the competent department to take the necessary administrative measures against any wrong-doer no mater what his rank or name is….legal and judicial measures could also be taken in criminal cases as any police man who is involved in these cases will be referred to court like any one else.”

Mazina said Dubai’s police are working on reducing police mistakes by organizing training courses to avert their repetition. He said all police men have to attend these courses which focus on the “most common” mistakes.

“There is a big difference between a police man who issues a penalty which includes some mistakes and that who arbitrarily issues a penalty,” he said.

“We have conducted a study on such cases and found that they are still very low, not exceeding 0.5 per cent…most of them include simple errors like the sort of the penalty or wrong entry of vehicle data in traffic fines…we are intensify training for such cases…we are also drawing the attention of those who commit such mistakes and telling them to avoid making errors.”