Police to step up patrols ahead of Eid Al Adha holiday


By   thenational.ae

DUBAI // Police are stepping up patrols around the emirate ahead of the Eid Al Adha holidays.

A major traffic congestion builds up on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai towards Abu Dhabi as a garbage truck turns over, September 14, 2010.   Photo by Dennis B Mallari

More than 500 patrols will take to the roads this week, said Dubai Police chief Maj Gen Khamis Al Muzeina.

Female officers will also be on duty in areas where there is a high number of women, such as in the parks.

There will be 216 patrols by Criminal Investigation Department officers and another 167 by plain-clothed officers.

Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri, head of CID, said a mobile police station will also move around tourist areas.

He urged visitors and residents to abide by the law and not leave belongings unattended on beaches. Residents heading overseas can register their villas with the security housing programme.

Col Jamal Al Bannai, acting director of the General Department of Traffic at Dubai Police, said 189 patrol cars will manage traffic near markets and congestion hotspots.

Police patrols will cover highways including Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed Road, Emirates Road, the Dubai-Al Ain Road, Ras Al Khor, and Al Khawaneej.

Officers will also be monitoring residential areas and mosques.

Col Al Bannai said jaywalking would not be tolerated.

“The traffic department will double its efforts during the Eid Al Adha holiday to ensure everyone’s safety,” he said. More info