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UAE police use ‘camel patrols’, smart police stations

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A camel yawns on Jumeirah's popular tourist beach in front of tower blocks in Dubai, November 28, 2009. World leaders expressed confidence in the global economic recovery Friday despite fears about a debt default by Gulf emirate Dubai, while major banks played down their exposure to the debt. REUTERS/Steve Crisp

DUBAI (NNN-WAM) – The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE), police have started using smart police stations in Dubai, and camels for special patrols, in Abu Dhabi, to reach areas that are difficult to access.

Abu Dhabi police integrated camels in the department of special patrols unit, in an initiative launched in tandem with the Emirati heritage celebrations.

The new “camel patrols” are meant to reach tough areas that are too difficult for ordinary vehicles to reach.

Known as “ships of the desert” in the Arab region, one-humped camels represent a key aspect of Emirati culture and heritage, as they helped Bedouins transport goods in the past, were used as a form of currency and a sign of wealthiness and a main source of meat, milk and even wool.

“We continue to strive in making Abu Dhabi safe, and continue to employ all possible means, to raise the level of security in the emirate,” Abu Dhabi police chief, Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi, said, in a statement.

“Abu Dhabi police have been trained in accordance with the standard of best practices, to carry out their civic duties of preventing crimes and communicating with the public,” he added.

Earlier, the police opened a new smart police station (SPS) service, with a “Walk-in” system in Arabian Ranches.

The new station, Dubai police chief, Abdullah Khalifa al-Merri, said will provide services round the clock and, police seek to reduce the number of visitors of police centres by 80 percent in the near future.

The station offers 25 key services in six different languages, without human intervention, such as reporting crimes and traffic incidents, getting a good-conduct certificate, seeking social support for victims of family violence and others.

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