An Abu Dhabi Police delegation has discussed the means of strengthening its security cooperation with several US police and security authorities, including the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism, during a visit to the US capital, Washington, D.C.
Brigadier Jamal Habash (photo), Head of the Security Inspection Administration, K9, at the Abu Dhabi Police, highlighted the importance of reviewing police and security updates.
He said that the visit comes under the framework of strengthening cooperation and promoting the exchange of knowledge between the Abu Dhabi Police and its US counterparts in areas of common interest, most notably virtual training, which will enhance the efforts of K9 at the Abu Dhabi Police to further develop its work, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
For its part, neighboring Dubai Police have successfully transformed 100% of its services and transactions to smart technologies, announced Smart Dubai, adding that there has been noticeable progress across all government bodies in embracing hi-tech solutions.
This achievement adds to Smart Dubai’s efforts to achieve the Smart Dubai 2021 Plan, which seeks to spearhead the emirate’s smart transformation, as directed by the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It also aligns with the objectives of the "Paperless Government" initiative, launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, which seeks to end all paper transactions in Dubai Government offices by 2021.
Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO), said: “We, at Smart Dubai, look forward to the year 2021, when we will be celebrating the final paper transaction in the Dubai Government. The main engine behind all of our plans and projects remains the wise words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, who said, ‘The future starts today, not tomorrow.’ With that in mind, we worked with various government institutions in Dubai to begin building a fully paperless government in time for the 2021 deadline.”
Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said: “The Dubai Police General Command is committed to the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Toward that end, we worked to provide our customers with 100 percent paperless services through our smartphone applications and website, and ensure full customer satisfaction.”
“Dubai Police have also been keen to implement the Smart Dubai 2021 Plan, launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to completely eliminate paper transactions in Dubai Government agencies by 2021,” Major-General Al Marri asserted, adding that the Dubai Police General Command is also working to incorporate artificial intelligence in its services.
According to Dubai Police statistics for 2017, the most popular smart service with the general public was payment of traffic violation fines, followed by appealing traffic violations and reporting accidents. Customers opted more often to pay their fines via smart applications, followed by payment through the website.
In total, smart transactions grew by 46% during 2017, when compared with 2016, while the total amounts collected through smart services grew by 25%. Turnout rates were 64% for traffic services, 20% for criminal services and 15% for miscellaneous services.