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Global policing experts call for advancing safety measures in an evolving world

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DUBAI, 11th March, 2022 (WAM) — The inaugural World Police Summit, from 14th to 17th March, 2022, in Dubai will enable “global law enforcement stakeholders” to jointly develop policing methods to prevent modern-day crime. The summit will take place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The rapidly advancing world promises a higher quality of life, but simultaneously presents new opportunities for crime to evolve. Accelerated technological adoption and transnational interconnectivity have yielded great benefits for societies. Still, criminals are also exploiting these same advancements to expand their illicit activities in scope and across borders. In light of these, the necessary evolution of policing is a key agenda of the summit.

Modern crime needs modern solutions, which requires law enforcement stakeholders to be progressive and adaptable. The Dark Web online market, for example, disguises illegal activities under an elusive virtual cloak, making it challenging for law enforcement to track and detect them. Another example is the recent arrest of Roman Sterling for virtually laundering nearly US$336 million worth of Bitcoin, unnoticed, for a whole decade. This, further, sheds light on both the severe impact of modern crime and the sheer difficulty of countering it.

Major General Dr. Abdul Quddus Abdul Razzaq Al Obaidli, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Excellence and Leadership Affairs in Dubai Police, shared some first-hand experiences in tackling new forms of crime in Dubai. “Police and law enforcement agencies must ensure their regulations and operations are kept abreast with recent technological developments. For instance, to combat crypto scams in Dubai, we have introduced new regulations, effective early 2022, that criminalises dealing and promoting unlicensed cryptocurrencies.”

In the transition to a more digital-first world, law enforcement will increasingly leverage technology to fight crime on all fronts. For example, advanced tools such as biometric identification and genealogy chemistry are already being used in forensics science. These innovations will help enforcement agencies build highly secure movement protocols and derive key information from even minute evidence samples for faster action.

Col. Mubarak Said Al Khyeli, Director-General, GCCPOL, believes in balancing the complex relationship between innovation, regulation and enforcement. “Technology is neither inherently good nor bad; what matters is the intent of the user. Through close cooperation and open dialogue, I believe we can reach consensus on restricting criminal use of technology while creating an environment with appropriate use.”

Innovation is crucial for law enforcement to progress ahead of existing standards and take a more proactive approach in combating crime. To achieve this, the summit’s Police Innovation and Resilience Conference facilitates a forum for thought leaders and attendees to exchange collective thoughts, knowledge and experiences to discuss innovative solutions.

The World Police Summit is being held in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai and supports the expo’s mission of “Connecting Minds and Creating the Future” to benefit the world. With more than 150 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors in addition to its many speakers and delegates, the summit will offer an extensive range of technological and intellectual resources that law enforcement agencies can leverage to address the needs and challenges of modern happenings.

The event is hosted by the Dubai Police General Command and organised by dmg events.

As a platform for consisting of an exhibition and conference, the summit will provide police and law enforcement agencies with the opportunity to source the latest technologies, debate key trends and address the challenges and priorities created by smart cities, cybercrime, rapid population growth and urbanisation, evolving digital technologies, resource scarcity and the post-pandemic impact on public safety and security.

The exhibition will consist of six dedicated zones including future of policing, forensics, mobility, anti-narcotics, artificial intelligence, and security and surveillance.

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