Dubai, UAE; 23rd July 2023: The World Police Summit, the most influential global gathering of law enforcement and security experts, in collaboration with KPMG, has published six reports exploring the latest breakthroughs in policing, security, and public safety.
The Board of Trustees of the World Police Summit stated that combating crime today requires multifaceted methodologies, including digital tools and social work mechanisms that lead to societal integration among sectors, cooperation with communities, and the implementation of effective policies that enhance law enforcement efforts. The Board emphasised that these reports provide an opportunity for an insightful view into the latest technologies and innovations driving the actions of world police forces and law enforcement agencies in crime fighting forward.
Chucrallah Haddad, Partner and Head of Advisory at KPMG, said: “This year’s World Police Summit highlighted how crime is rapidly evolving, in line with technology. Law enforcement has to be two steps ahead of criminals to foil their nefarious activities. The KPMG reports, in cooperation with the World Police Summit, reflect the collaboration and knowledge sharing required today for police officers to implement best practices in combating crime and keep their communities safe.”
The World Police Summit appointed KPMG as a knowledge partner for the event’s conferences. KPMG’s reports use original research and interviews with global experts and industry leaders to identify current and future challenges across various areas, such as forensic sciences, crime prevention, drug control, drones, and police dogs.
The Police Innovation and Resilience Report examines how global police agents and law enforcement are increasingly focused on creating and adopting resilience methods to become more effective, efficient, and better prepared for unanticipated scenarios. The UAE, particularly Dubai Police, aims to improve quality of life and enhance public safety through technological solutions such as AI, enhanced security, and more intelligent analytics.
The Police K9 Report examines the vital role of K9 police officers and their canine partners in law enforcement and public safety. Advancements in training techniques and technology are making K9 units even more effective. For instance, the Dubai Police’s K9 unit is renowned for tracking suspects, locating dead bodies, searching for missing individuals, and sniffing out explosives, making the unit a pivotal crime-fighting force. However, police K9 units worldwide face several challenges, including police canine bites, maintenance training, and initial training.
When combined with appropriate technologies, including heat monitors, activity trackers, canine robots, and situational awareness tools for K9 handlers, police K9 units can achieve heightened effectiveness and efficiency.
The Forensic Sciences Report aims to draw together global social research on applying forensic techniques to volume crime investigations. Traditionally, forensic techniques have been applied to serious crimes such as rape and homicide. Increasingly, however, forensic techniques are being used routinely to aid the investigation of volume crimes such as burglary and vehicle crime. Techniques are becoming increasingly advanced – from retinal scanning to trace evidence chemistry.
The Anti-Narcotics Report explores three main areas: the challenges of modernising anti-narcotic enforcement for main police forces, identifying and utilising emerging technologies for improved anti-narcotic efforts, and the role of international cooperation in strengthening anti-narcotic enforcement. Overall, the UAE’s considerable investments in innovation have strengthened its fight against the illicit drug trade. Measures include the development of specialised task forces, implementing stricter laws and penalties, using advanced technology and data analytics, community-based initiatives, and developing better relationships between police forces and the communities they serve.
The Crime Prevention Report outlines how digital technology plays a critical role in policing and security management, with policing apps, drones and body-worn cameras potentially being game-changers. Escalating crime rates have shown that traditional crime prevention approaches are not working. Situational crime prevention may be a more holistic solution, but only as part of a global strategy that includes better policing and programs to alleviate social conditions which encourage crime.
The Police Drones Report examines the issues around using drones for policing – an effective tool for law enforcement agencies, which also raises some concerns about privacy and civil liberties. Integrating drones with Augmented Reality offers new possibilities for law enforcement and increased safety for officers and the community.
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