Robot police to man city malls and tourist attractions in Dubai
Dubai robot police on duty
The Police in Dubai has unveiled the first robotic Police officer., giving it the task of patrolling the city’s malls and tourist attractions.
According to a statement from the Police, the country’s first Robocop, versions of which will eventually be used to chase down suspects and nab parking fee dodgers, joined Dubai Police on Sunday.
“Now most people visit police stations or customer service, but with this tool, we can reach the public 24/7 and it won’t ask for any sick leave or maternity leave,” Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, Dubai Police Director -General of smart services, said in a statement.
The robot has built-in cameras that will stream video back to the police command centre. The next batch will be used to tackle crimes, and the police force has plans for a 3-metre tall robot piloted by a police officer from the inside for travel up to 80 kilometres per hour and carrying heavy equipment.
According to Al Razooqi, the Dubai police plan to add robots until they reach around 25 percent of the force by 2030, to allow the human members of the police to focus their attention on other areas.
The statement further noted that people will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touch screen on its chest.
Data collected by the robot will also be shared with the transport and traffic authorities.
The government said the aim was for 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030 but they would not replace humans.
“We are not going to replace our police officers 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,” said Brig Al Razooqi.