It’s a cop shop without any cops…

Dubai’s popular City Walk district is now home to the world’s first smart police service centre, it was announced by state news agency WAM earlier today.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the opening of the centre which is open 24/7, and will allow visitors to carry out a variety of tasks without the need for human interaction.

So far, the centre provides 27 services to the public (as well as 33 sub services), all fully-automated, across traffic, community and criminal areas.

According to a report by The Khaleej Times, visitors will be able to report crimes, lodge complaits for dud cheques and report lost and found items. Their concerns will then be passed on to the relevant department within the police force, who will the follow up within 24 hours.

The centre also includes an awareness and entertainment area in which visitors can play games and take part in activities that will help educate them on how to drive safely and the history of the Dubai Police force.

Sheikh Mohammed was suitably impressed by the centre’s ability to easily facilitate communication between the public and the police, instructing Dubai Police to open more of them in other residential and commercial districts across Dubai.

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Images: Dubai Media Office