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Robocops set for Dubai streets within months

Machines will allow people to report crimes, pay fines, police are saying

Robocops set for Dubai streets within months
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Dubai will see its first robot police officer on patrol by May according to Dubai Police.

The idea first mooted in 2015 when Dubai Police said the robots would be able to interact with people through a screen and microphone connected to the Dubai Police call centres.

"People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots,” said Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, the chief information officer and general director of the Dubai Police HQ Smart Services Department.

In a tweet posted on the Dubai Media Office account, Dubai Police confirmed that the robots, which was unveiled at GITEX last year, will be rolled out on to Dubai streets as early as May.

The multilingual robot will allow members of the public to report crimes to the police using the touchscreen on its chest. People will also be able to pay fines, and submit documents the policing authority.

Brigadier Khalid Alrazooqi, General Director of the Smart Services Department at Dubai Police, added that by 2030, Dubai Police will have the first smart police station that won’t require human employees, by which stage a quarter of the emirate’s police force will be robots.

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