Abu Dhabi police reveal futuristic strategy

2057 plans include robots, space travel and smart stations

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Police in Abu Dhabi has unveiled its vision of the future which will include robotic cops and firefighters, outer space patrol and smart police stations.

The 2057 strategy envisions a safe city, a more positive and happy community, genomic police, and wide-ranging use of artificial intelligence, state news agency WAM reported on Thursday.

Major General Mohammed Al Rumaithi, commander-in-chief of Abu Dhabi Police, said the plan falls in line with plans of the government of Abu Dhabi and the UAE to foster artificial intelligence.

Major General Maktoum Al Sharifi, director-general of Abu Dhabi police, added that the plan would be implemented in three phases - near future to 2022; medium future 2030-2040 and far future to 2057.

Lt Colonel Sulieman Al Kaabi, director of innovation and the future, said the plan seeks to make Abu Dhabi one of the most secure and safe cities in the world.

"Forecasting the future is a key engine for Abu Dhabi Police's efforts to address global trends, challenges and opportunities through preventive scenarios and solutions," he added.

In neighbouring Dubai, police have already launched their first robotic cop.

Wearing a police cap and moving on wheels, the robot features a computer touch-screen on its chest that can be used to report a crime or inquire about speeding tickets.

The robot, to be deployed mainly at tourist spots, is equipped with a camera that transmits live images to the operations room and it can identify suspects wanted by police.

At Gitex last month, Dubai police also unveiled a flying police bike, currently at concept stage, that is being developed in partnership with a Russian company.

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