Dubai Police to have its first robot officer soon

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Dubai Police is set to put its first robot into service in May, and robots will make 25 per cent of the force by 2030, officials said on Monday.

“We are looking to have more robots in future to handle policing. By 2030, we are keen to make robots around 25 per cent of the total police force,” Gulf News quoted Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan, Director of the Future Shaping Centre of Dubai Police as having said.

“Robots could do the work of a police officer on the ground at certain situations,” Colonel Khalid Razooqi, General Director of Smart Department Dubai Police was quoted as saying in June 2016.

A prototype of the police robot was presented during the last GITEX. Here is a video:

Smart objectives for the future

“We planned for a security system for the future of the city to tackle future crimes. By 2025, Dubai will be one of the best five cities in the world on security level,” Brigadier Bin Sultan said on Monday.

  • By 2030, all police buildings will be 50 per cent self-power-generated and the country will build a DNA data bank.
  • By 2030, there will be no mysterious or unknown crimes in Dubai and the police will have the biggest DNA data bank in the country.
  • By 2030, Dubai will have the first smart police station which won’t require human employees

“We are aiming to implement many smart police mechanisms, including the smart police station and robots, and adopt artificial intelligence,” Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, General Director of the Smart Services Department at Dubai Police said.

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The announcements were made during a presentation at the 11 Best Police Practices Forum held in Dubai.

Addressing the forum, Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief, said this forum is a chance to exchange best police practices and experiences which will help police work.

Published on 13 March 2017

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