Robots begin duty as policemen in Dubai

People and Society


The operational Robocop kicked off its tour of duty on Sunday in Dubai. It is said to be the world’s first operational Robocop in the emirate’s planned robot police force.

The Robocop, five feet five inches tall and weighing 99kg, speaks six languages and reads facial expressions.

Khalid Al Razzouqi, director-general of smart services with the Dubai police, revealed the functions of the Robocop.

He also explained that residents can use the Robocop to pay fines or report crimes, and it also can transmit and receive messages from police headquarters.

“He can chat and interact, respond to public queries, shake hands and offer a military salute,” he said.

“The launch is a significant milestone for the emirate and a step towards realising Dubai’s vision to be a global leader in smart cities technology adoption.

“With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.”

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