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Dubai Police and KPMG launch reports on the future of crime fighting and law enforcement

Dubai Police and KPMG launch reports on the future of crime fighting and law enforcement
The UAE, particularly Dubai Police, is leading the way in adopting AI-enabled technologies, increased security coverage, and smarter analytics to prevent and detect crime.
Dubai Police and the World Police Summit, the most influential global gathering of law enforcement and security experts, in collaboration with KPMG have published six reports exploring the latest breakthroughs in policing, security, and public safety. 

Brigadier Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al Mualla, Director of the General Department for Excellence and Pioneering at Dubai Police, said: “Today, fighting crime requires multiple approaches that include digital tools, social mechanisms, collaboration with communities and effective policies to strengthen law enforcement. As part of a team that has made Dubai one of the world’s safest cities, we hope these reports offer the global law enforcement community an opportunity to gain insights into the technologies and innovations that will help them combat and prevent crime.”

Chucrallah Haddad, Partner and Head of Advisory at KPMG Lower Gulf said: “This year’s World Police Summit highlighted how crime is rapidly evolving, in line with technology. Law enforcement has to be two steps ahead of criminals to foil their nefarious activities. The KPMG reports in cooperation with Dubai Police are reflective of the collaboration and knowledge sharing that is required today for police officers to implement best practices in combating crime and keep their communities safe.” 

Dubai Police appointed KPMG as knowledge partner for the event’s conferences. KPMG’s reports use original research, interviews with global experts and industry leaders to identify current and future challenges across various areas such as forensic sciences, crime prevention, drug control, drones, and police dogs.

The Police Innovation and Resilience Report examines how global police agents and law enforcements are increasingly focused on creating and adopting resilience methods to become more effective, efficient, and better prepared for any unanticipated scenarios. The UAE, particularly Dubai Police, is looking to improve quality of live and enhance public safety through technological solutions such as AI, enhanced security, and smarter analytics. 

The Police K9 Report examines the vital role of K9 police officers and their canine partners in law enforcement and public safety. Advancements in training techniques and technology are making K9 units even more effective. For instance, the Dubai Police’s K9 unit is renowned for its skills in tracking suspects, locating dead bodies, searching for missing individuals, and sniffing out explosives, making the unit a pivotal crime-fighting force. However, the police K9 units around the world are faced with several challenges, including police canine bites, maintenance training, and initial training. 

When combined with appropriate technologies, including heat monitors, activity trackers, canine robots, and situational awareness tools for K9 handlers, police K9 units can achieve heightened effectiveness and efficiency.

The Forensic Sciences Report aims to draw together global social research on the application of forensic techniques to volume crime investigations. Traditionally, forensic techniques have been applied to serious crimes such as rape and homicide. Increasingly, however, forensic techniques are being used routinely to aid the investigation of volume crimes such as burglary and vehicle crime. Techniques are becoming increasingly advanced – from retinal scanning to trace evidence chemistry.

The Anti-Narcotics Report explores three main areas: the challenges of modernizing anti-narcotic enforcement for main police forces, identifying and utilizing emerging technologies for improved anti-narcotic efforts, and the role of international cooperation in strengthening anti-narcotic enforcement. Overall, the UAE’s considerable investments in innovation have strengthened its fight against the illicit drug trade. Measures include the development of specialized task forces, implementing tougher laws and penalties, using advanced technology and data analytics, community-based initiatives, and developing better relationships between police forces and the communities they serve.

The Crime Prevention Report outlines how digital technology is now playing a critical role in policing and security management with policing apps, drones and body-worn cameras potentially being game-changers. Escalating crime rates have shown that traditional approaches to crime prevention are not working. Situational crime prevention may be a more holistic solution, but only as part of a global strategy that includes better policing and programs to alleviate social conditions which encourage crime.

The Police Drones Report examines the issues around using drones for policing – an effective tool for law enforcement agencies, which also raises some concerns about privacy and civil liberties. The integration of drones with Augmented Reality offers new possibilities for law enforcement and increased safety for officers and the community.

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