Rabat - In an unprecedented move, a traffic policeman has received recognition from locals in Sale for going above and beyond what’s expected from a policeman in in terms of assistant citizens.
Rabat – In an unprecedented move, a traffic policeman has received recognition from locals in Sale for going above and beyond what’s expected from a policeman in in terms of assistant citizens.
Rachid Lakad, has become a well known traffic policeman among locals after spending 25 years in service in downtown Sale.
This week, locals mobilized in order to honor him for his services. A campaign was launched on Monday by the Facebook page Sala Chaabia, to raise funds in order to fulfill Rachid’s dream to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia.
The Facebook page explained that Rachid has only one wish as he is on his way for retirement: to perform Umra, calling on locals to help make his dream come true.
This post was deleted today as Rachid was questioned in the police department of Sale over the fundraising.
The Facebook page Admin, Ayoub El-Hassani confirmed in a telephone call to Morocco World News that he had deleted the post at the suggestion of the policeman’s wife.
The police department has reportedly promised Rachid to cover the expenses of Umra, according to the wife.
Ayoub El-Hassani, 23, went on to add that the fundraising was canceled before Rachid received any financial contribution.
Ayoub said he decided to launch the campaign because he knew Rachid wouldn’t be able to fulfill his wish without external help.
“Unlike rich traffic policemen who collect money from bribes, Rachid has never received a bribe. He barely affords a home after 25 year of service,” Ayoub said
Ayoub added that Rachid has gained the respect and love of locals because of his efforts to help the people in the community.
“He is the best policeman in Sale. He showed us how good a policeman can be with people. Rachid was particularly always keen on helping people with special needs cross the road,” Ayoub explained.
“He has always been smiley. Unlike the other policemen who always look scary or angry,Rachid would joke with locals and put a smile on their faces. For that reason, we wanted to pay tribute to him,” Ayoub concluded.
Edited by Marwa Al Omami