Dubai Police is developing a multi-lingual robot as part of its smart city programme. The robot will be stationed at shopping malls to help visitors and will be ready in 2017. Image Credit: Dubai Police / Supplied

Dubai: The UAE’s first police robot will join Dubai Police in May and robots will make 25 per cent of the force by 2030, officials said on Monday.

Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan, Director of the Future Shaping Centre of Dubai Police, said: “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,” Brigadier Bin Sultan said.

The announcement was made by Bin Sultan during a presentation at the 11 Best Police Practices Forum held in Dubai.

“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 added.

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.”

Meanwhile, Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, General Director of the Smart Services Department at Dubai Police, told Gulf News that the first police robot will join the force in May. “We are looking to make everything smart in Dubai Police. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won’t require human employees,” Brigadier Al Razouqi said.

“We are aiming to implement many smart police mechanisms, including the smart police station and robots, and adopt artificial intelligence,” Brigadier Al Razouqi added.

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.

“We hope to achieve our goals to be have a smart police. The forum will help us learn about experiences of other police forces in the fields of traffic management and fighting terrorism. Police robots have been tested by some police forces in the world and we are planning to have them in future,” Maj- Gene Al Merri told Gulf News.

Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho also attended the forum along with officers from the US, France, the UK, Ireland, Brazil, China, the Philippines, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Canada, Colombia and other countries.