Dubai is to get another police station that doesn’t actually need any officers.
A Smart Police Centre is to open at Dubai Silicon Oasis, where it will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Residents and workers in the freezone can use the fully automated new station to report crimes and traffic offences, when it opens later in 2018.
High Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, opened the world’s first smart police station in September 2017 at Dubai’s City Walk, where people can use any of 60 services, once they’ve registered their passport or Emirates ID.
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said the Silicon Oasis station will offer “27 traffic and crime-related services, as well as a further 33 community services” that don’t need an actual police officer.
Opening a criminal case, having certificates and permits issued and even popping lost-and-found items in to a safe deposit box will all be possible.
As well as being available round the clock, Smart Police Centres can also cut the number of visitors to regular police stations by 80 per cent, freeing up cops to deal with serious cases.
Sheikh Mohammed has instructed Dubai Police to open more centres in residential and commercial districts across the emirate, so watch out for them where you are.