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Dubai Police to get high-tech forensic upgrades
By Nadia Sultan June 17, 2013
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DUBAI: As part of the Dubai Police’s persistent search for unique security solutions, a delegation from the Dubai Police recently visited the most advanced global criminal laboratories in the United States and Netherlands for 19 days.

After they were briefed on the latest security technology, members of the delegation decided to purchase a number of sophisticated devices and new technology that enables crime scene evidence to be quickly analysed.

Two advanced devices will be imported from these countries, the first of which is designed to examine the microchips of mobile phones that are part of crime scene evidence.

The technology extracts data from these chips even if they are destroyed, revealed Major General Khamees Al Muzainah, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police.

The other device is used to stop electronic devices from being hacked into, in addition to allowing the mobile phone to be operational even while being examined, he added.  

An agreement has also been reached with the top criminal centre in Netherlands, an integrated academy for criminal laboratories, to provide training and rehabilitation programme for staff of the Criminal Evidence Department of Dubai Police.

A world-class model laboratory, in terms of technology and scientific qualifications, along with experts and unique specialisations which are second to none in the region, is scheduled to be established in Dubai by 2014, Al Muzainah said.

The delegation also visited the headquarters of the FBI in the US, where it has been agreed to activate the training programme of the intelligence body in Dubai for all criminal specialities.

Al Muzainah pointed out that the National Security Laboratories (NSL) in Washington would equip Dubai Police with the latest scientific labs in the field of examining documents.

They would also provide training sessions by competent experts in Dubai or by sending trainees from Dubai to the USA.

NSL owns a database of almost all of the world’s documents preserved in a reference library, including passports, IDs and credit cards.

The Dubai Police will cooperate with academic centres for scientific research at the Florida University in studies regarding the possibility of using a human’s odour as criminal evidence. Such a technology has not been used so far in the world  and Dubai wants to be the first to adopt it, Al Muzainah added.

Moreover, techniques of labs in the Netherlands using advanced DNA technology to get result in just six hours may be imported to the genetic labs of the Dubai Police in the next period.

Six Sigma technology, used in issuing reports for criminal issues which has been reduced from 96 days to only 7 hours, will also be provided to the Dubai Police labs.
 

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