Two Moroccans Arrested for Trying to Bribe Police Officers

Rabat – Following the increase in videos posted on social media platforms showing “corrupt” police officers receiving bribes from drivers, the Moroccan police are working overtime to improve their image by acting more strictly with citizens who offer to pay bribes in return for overlooking committed infractions.Last Saturday, an individual was arrested in Marrakech after he tried to bribe a police officer.The man reportedly attempted to bribe a law enforcement officer at a roadblock with MAD 50 to avoid penalties for traffic law infringements. A woman was also arrested on Sunday for trying to bribe police officers in Marrakech.The woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. She reportedly offered a ring as a bribe to avoid being arrested.The rise in bribery cases involving police officers has prompted the General Directorate of National Security to circulate a memo urging security forces to crack down on all practices that harm the credibility of the law enforcement officials.According to media sources, the memo aims to entrench a culture of transparency and professional integrity among security forces and to strengthen governance values.A statement by the General Directorate of National Security stated that citizens are also contributing to the spread of bribery, adding that some people are trying to tarnish the image of the security apparatus by luring members of security forces in order to photograph them receiving bribes.