Dubai Police Next 50 Innovation Hub

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Dubai Police “Next 50 Innovation HUB” is a transformational initiative that was launched in 2017. Dubai Police choose the number 50 because it coincides with the Golden Jubilee of the United Arab Emirates. In 2017, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, launched the UAE Centennial Plan 2071 to provide a road map for the future of the UAE beyond 2021. Counting from 2021 to 2071, the number 50 provides a template that helps people focus on the transformation that the Centennial Plan will bring to the country.

When H.E. Lt. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, launched the initiative, his vision was to transform the Dubai Police innovation ecosystem and engage young officers in the innovation process. While Dubai Police has always been a hub for innovation, further effort was needed to redesign the current innovation system, restructure the organisation and reorganise units and empower young recruits to adjust to the demographic changes taking place in the society.

The initiative was a large-scale transformation and was led by the innovation team. Lt. Colonel Dr. Ibrahim BenSbaa, head of the innovation team, describes the components of the initiative as follow: Rethinking strategy, reorganising teams, re-engineering the process, training employees, building the culture, and measuring progress. Dubai Police now is among the top police forces in the world on many key performance indicators that relate to crime prevention and crime reduction, police confidence, road safety, and emergency response time.

  • Rethinking the Strategy: Focus on innovation, digital transformation, and communication to engage with the community
  • Reorganise the Teams: Create an innovation council to connect with innovators inside and outside the force
  • Streamlining the Innovation Process: Create a nimble agile process that is adaptable to internal and external forces shaping the world
  • Building Capacity: Coach innovators and officers with creative minds to take advantage of design thinking approaches to problem-solving
  • Build the Culture: Change mindset and behaviour to drive change Measurement: Track and measure progress to improve, learn and develop

“To lead in the twenty-first century, police forces must embrace an innovative mindset that helps them identify new and emerging threats while building a safer world for our children.”

Lt. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police