Dubai to add robot cops to police force

Officials said the robots will make up a quarter of the force by 2030

By PoliceOne Staff

DUBAI — During the 11 Best Police Practices Forum, Dubai police officials announced they will welcome their first robot cop this May. 

According to The Gulf News, Director of the Future Shaping Centre of Dubai Police Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan said the department hopes robocops will make up 25 percent of the police force by 2030. 

The robots are equipped with facial recognition technology that allows them to scan faces from nearly 30 feet away, Newsweek reported. Citizens will be able to report crimes and pay fines on the robocop’s touchscreen body.

“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,” he said.
In addition to the upgraded police technology, Bin Sultan said all police buildings will be 50 percent self-power-generated. A DNA data bank will be built as well.

“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,” he said.

Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, general director of smart services for Dubai police, said the department is looking to make everything smart and add more artificial intelligence. 

“By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won't require human employees,” he said.


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