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Dubai Metropolitan Police had expressed its interest in the Punjab Information Technology Board’s crime mapping and integrated criminal records office systems, this year in April. Now, it has been confirmed that the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) will be assisting the Dubai police in upgrading their systems by digitalizing their police stations along with the development of cyber security system.

PITB has an experience of digitalizing 712 police stations in 36 districts of Punjab. Further saying that the organization is currently helping Nigeria with computerization of its Hajj operation.

This collaboration was confirmed by Dr. Umar Saif, chairman PITB, on Sunday, after he had received a formal request from Abdullah Khalifa, chief of Dubai Police.

According to Dr. Umar Saif, PITB has an experience of digitalizing 712 police stations in 36 districts of Punjab. Further saying that the organization is currently helping Nigeria with computerization of its Hajj operation.

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The interests of Dubai Police in digitalization of their system was piqued after a series of meetings with a three-member team of Punjab Information Technology Board in UAE. In this meeting, the three-member team presented an automated human resource management system which offers a complete profile of an individual officer along with posting histories of officers and their electronic records.

The Dubai Police also offered the PITB representatives to look at their current working system, making it a collaborative effort among the countries.

Faisal Yousaf, Director General (IT) PITB Information Technology, Burhan Rasool, IT General Manager and Adil Iqbal, Director Software Engineering, represented the team. After the meeting, the team met with heads of cybercrime, forensics, criminal investigation and crime monitoring departments followed by a tour of the Al Muraqqabat police station.

The Dubai Police also offered the PITB representatives to look at their current working system, making it a collaborative effort among the countries.

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Although, Pakistan may digitalize Dubai’s system of policing and they may use it efficiently and effectively, unfortunately, the same cannot be said for its domestic use as such a system still bears no fruit even though it has been implemented in 712 police stations and 36 districts of Punjab.

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