Dubai Police introduce Robocops (REALLY)

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Dubai’s first Robocop, which will eventually be used to chase down suspects and nab parking fee dodgers, joined Dubai Police on Sunday.

After interacting with visitors at the Gulf Information and Security Expo and Conference, Robocop’s first job posting will be malls and tourist attractions where people can tap a touchscreen on his chest to report a crime, pay traffic fines or chat in Arabic or English.


The robot’s built-in cameras will stream video to the police command centre.

“It has a smart intelligent system so it can protect people from crime, because it can broadcast what is happening right away to our command and control centre,” said Brig Al Razooqi. “We are also working on facial-recognition systems.”

 Languages such as Russian, Chinese, French and Spanish will be added to Robocop’s vocabulary. There are also more than 6,000 cameras installed across the emirate. “We are watching all kinds of activity in the city,” Brig Al Razooqi said. “We protect the sensitive areas.”

The 3-metre tall robot will carry heavy equipment and will be manoeuvred by a police officer seated in a cabin inside.


The aim is for about 25 per cent of the force to be robotic by 2030, to enable police to focus on crime prevention.

“We are not going to fire our police officers by replacing them with this tool but with the number of people in Dubai increasing, we want to relocate police officers so they work in the right areas and can concentrate on providing a safe city,” Brig Al Razooqi said.


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