The Dubai Police
Modern & Technologically Advanced
Hi Sunil here to talk about the Dubai Police Since you are learning about Dubai, I thought Id include this discussion. It is important to have some background on the local police of the place you are about to visit. That goes for everyone and all countries.
These 15,000 police men cover areas all across Dubai.
They are responsible for monitoring the entire area within Dubai borders.
15,000 might not seem much, but it is adequate relative to the population of Dubai which is nearly 2 million (as of 2007).
Knock on wood, but Kish and I have not had any bad experiences with the Dubai police. We have heard many horror stories however. See Dubai police is known to favorite the local Nationals (Citizens) in instances of disputes, accidents and other legal matters. The locals get away with so much, from speeding, accidents to bar brawls and what not.
As a non National however you can face severe penalties and punishment. You can be jailed for an extensive period of time for committing what you may think a small mistake. There is no tolerance for misbehavior in Dubai.
Many people get kicked out and deported out of the country for violations. This is of course the extreme case but it does happen a lot.
The two looks of a police man (as of 2007) in Dubai are shown here.
One look is in the brown uniform and the other is in a dirty dark green (almost beige type) uniform.
Dont mess with them, they each have a semi automatic hand gun. Here in the US our cops only have a revolver!
I remember in 2007 when I was there my uncle got into an accident. It was clearly the other drivers fault.
But because the other driver was a National, the police wrote up my uncle and had him pay fines and damages.
Similar to that Kish has stories of her friends being held up and some even locked up for certain behavior that a National would not be bothered for. Bottom line is, if you are not a National, be very careful and stay within your limits.
Know and understand the local laws and customs and respect and abide by them. You can learn all about Dubai on this website so I encourage you to go through it in detail prior to heading out there.
As of 2007, there were 10 police stations across Dubai. The oldest of the 10 is the Al Rifaa police station which was established in the 1970s to regulate the Bur Dubai area. It has since moved a couple times around.
Brief History & Overview
The Dubai police force operates under the direction of the VP and Prime Minister of the country, who also happens to be the ruler of Dubai (Sheikh Mohammed as of 2007).
The police force was founded in 1956 in Deira and is headquartered now in Al Towar in Dubai (as of 2007). It is known to be the most modern and forward thinking of all police forces in the Arab nations.
This police force was the first in the region to use modern technology such as electronic finger printing, DNA tests and GPS systems to track criminal activity and locate stolen cars.
The police department has a general operations department that you can contact anytime of the day. They have about 2,000 phone lines and over one hundred fax machines. They are in charge of emergency responses and conduct patrols all across Dubai throughout the day.
Here is what a Dubai police vehicle looks like. Notice the website and email address? Other police vehicles are choppers, boats & motorcycles. Be on the look out for them!
Similarly, there are many other departments within the Police force such as the criminal investigation, administrative affairs, finance, airport security, etc. Each department has a leader and is in charge of their specific jurisdictions and functions. The department titles are pretty self explanatory of each departments purpose.
Learn About Their History & Evolution
There is a museum dedicated to the Dubai police in the Al Mulla Plaza which was created back in 1987. here you can learn about the Dubai polices history (foundation and evolution).
You can also learn about their jail systems and other such important initiatives in its history. If you are in law enforcement or have an appreciation for it, I definitely recommend this place. Although I have not been there personally, I have heard many say great things about it. I do plan on going eventually!
Print this contact information and keep it handy. I hope you never need it but just in case.
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