Very often, when people hear the word ‘police,’ a chill goes down their spine. They dread the word as much as they fear the force. It has been ingrained in the minds of the masses that policemen are unreasonably harsh on people who break rules.
Now, this may apply to policemen in some parts of the world. But the general notion that the law enforcers are oppressive and have no sign of sympathy is, however, far from the truth. The keepers of the law in the UAE are a totally different breed, who, contrary to the general view and unlike other countries, are very kind, gentle and extremely helpful. As Gulf Today staffer Jabeen Adil found out, to her pleasant surprise, during a recent trip in the emirate. She recounts her encounter with a ‘superhero’ from the Sharjah Police during an incident in Sharjah.
Jabeen was travelling to Kalba with her husband, Adil, and three children when their car broke down as they were approaching the Corniche area of the town. The car radiator was all heated up, the vehicle started juddering and stuttering, finally coming to a standstill. They parked the car on the roadside. Adil, who was driving, was at his wit’s end.
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