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Dubai Police to step up Covid-19 patrols, inspections during Eid Al Fitr

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said 5,300 volunteers from 21 nationalities signed up to join 'Ride With Dubai Police' initiative to patrol certain locations and share information with the public

Dubai Police to step up Covid-19 patrols, inspections during Eid Al Fitr

Following the enforcement of restrictions in Naif, Dubai Police ensured comprehensive security in the Gold Souk area that has 1,270 gold shops.

Dubai Police will have more than 500 patrols spread across the city, as well as 63 inspection points have at the emirate’s entry points to make sure people travelling in vehicles follow Covid-19 precautionary measures.

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, in a pre-Eid Al Fitr briefing, said the comprehensive monitoring will also see police use radars and cameras to monitor people’s observance of measures like physical distancing and wearing of masks in public.

5,300 volunteers

Major Gen Al Marri said Dubai Police launched a ‘Ride With Dubai Police’ initiative on Monday this week, which sought volunteers to patrol certain locations along with Dubai Police and share information with the public on precautionary and preventive measures.

In the space of one week, it received requests from 5,300 volunteers from 21 nationalities to join the bicycle patrol, Al Marri revealed.

“We are continuing with this initiative and expect to get good results from it,” Al Marri said.

Labour camps

In addition to its patrols, Dubai Police will take specific measures to prevent the spread of the virus in high-density areas like labour camps, which currently have longer lockdown hours of 6pm to 8am.

Speaking about the measures being taken to prevent the spread of the virus in labour camps, Al Marri said, “Blue-collar workers enjoy equal rights and are provided the same levels of care as others. Testing and quarantine facilities offered to them are of the highest standards.”

A total of 7 million Iftar meals have been distributed to labourers, at 46 locations in Dubai on a daily basis, in cooperation with entities such as the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs, Dubai Municipality and licensed charities. All organisations are working together to ease the challenges faced by labourers, he said.

Drugs seizure

Responding to a question on whether Dubai Police has observed an increase in criminal activity in the emirate following the outbreak of the pandemic, Al Marri said Dubai’s strong relationships with law enforcement bodies in other countries and international organisations like Interpol and Europol further strengthens its ability to prevent crime.

Dubai Police field teams combined with its other sections are working closely to deal with any incidents of crime, he said. A couple of days ago, Dubai Police seized 58 tonnes of drugs.

Following the enforcement of restrictions in Naif, Dubai Police ensured comprehensive security in the Gold Souk area that has 1,270 gold shops. On coming back to their stores after the partial lifting of restrictions, business owners and traders in these areas found that their merchandise is safe, he said.

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