The Filipino kid who went viral after Dubai Police officers stopped by and greeted him was invited by the force in its Muraqqabat station.
Seb’s parents, Rudy and Sharon Parilla, got a call from a police officer this morning, inviting them to appear at the police station in Deira. They were assured that ‘they were not in trouble’.
Sharon told The Global Filipino Magazine that the caller on the other end asked her if she has a child as they would like to invite them. The officer who invited them was Sergeant Manal Aljaouhari.
When they arrived at the station, Srgt. Aljaouhari showed them how Smart Police Station (SPS) works and let Seb, 2, played in their children’s corner, wherein Sharon described it as a not normal playground for kids as it was ‘huge’.
SPS is an integrated interactive self-service police station, allowing the community members to apply for Dubai Police services that are provided at traditional police stations. It provides many services, including registering a criminal report, delivery of found materials, and all requests for certificates and permits.
According to Srgt. Aljaouhari, they were the third expatriates in the emirate to ever try the service.
“They are very accommodating. They have shown us how SPS works and have welcomed Seb in their amazing kids’ corner. Actually, I can’t say it’s just a normal corner because it was very huge,” the Filipina mum who works in the finance industry said.
“Ang galing pala nung SPS, ilalagay mo EID [Emirates ID] mo then follow mo lang yung arrow, iilaw sa flooring to show you where to go tapos mag-change yung glass ng cubicle hindi na magiging transparent para daw may privacy at yung mga kausap mo nasa monitor lang,” she said.
She also added that when it was time for them to leave the station, Seb cried because he wanted to drive the police car going to back to their place. The police officers assisting them gave Seb miniature cars instead.
Seb’s story gone viral, garnering more than one million reach, 20,000 reactions, and thousands of comments and shares a day after it was shared on The Global Filipino Magazine’s Facebook page.
Parilla’s family has been living in the emirate now for 12 years now.
“Policemen are always there to serve and promote public safety. We should not be scared of them and being able to approach them like that makes us feel that expats are indeed welcome and protected in this country. My kids grew up here and we’re really lucky to live in a safe and beautiful city like Dubai,” Sharon said.