While there are a number of Pinoys working as civilians in police stations in the UAE, he’s the first-ever Pinoy police officer!

Ajman, UAE First Police Officer Johnray Cerna, the first Filipino Police Officer in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, called on Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes at the Consulate General on September 22.

Officer Cerna, who has resided in the UAE since 2006, was born in Zamboanga City on March 30, 1972 and graduated with a degree in Business Management from the Mindanao Sulu State College. He writes, reads, and speaks fluent Arabic.

His journey to becoming a policeman started when Dra. Maria Jade Catalan Opulencia introduced him to Atty. Barney at the Consulate in Dubai. Atty. Barney then introduced him to Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes who gave him the job interview.

Cerna said that it was not a smooth sail to get to where he is now, but the problems he encountered geared him for what was bound to happen – to be named as the first Filipino police officer in the UAE.

He has been working as a servant of the law for years now and many Filipinos look up to the achievement he has reached.

Cerna’s face was on several print and websites when he got appointed. He earlier said that he would like to be known as a role model who would uphold righteousness.

He mostly reminds Filipinos in the UAE to abide with the law for a stress-free life in the Gulf state. He would inform his compatriots about the most common offenses Filipinos there commit and remind them to avoid doing the same mistakes.

Many Filipinos work at the Dubai Police Stations and Headquarters but are hired as civilians. Officer Cerna has been with the Ajman Police for four years now and is known to be the only Filipino Police Officer in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and possibly even in the UAE.