DUBAI 27 August 2020: In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued Resolution No. (14) of 2020 on the use of security cameras to document the activities by Dubai Police officers.
According to the resolution, Dubai Police is authorised to use security cameras in public areas to fulfill its duties including handling traffic violations and ensuring effective security.
The resolution obligates Dubai Police officers to abide by legislation governing the use of security cameras, especially those that protect the public’s privacy. Officers are prohibited from transferring, storing, transmitting or publishing any security footage unless they obtain written consent from investigation authorities at Dubai Police or the judicial authority, said official news agency Wam.
Furthermore, Dubai Police officers should maintain the confidentiality of the security camera footage. Pursuant to the resolution, and without prejudice to civil and penal responsibilities, any Dubai Police officer who violates the articles in this resolution will be subject to disciplinary procedures. The Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police will issue the bylaws required to implement this resolution.
The resolution aims to improve the quality of Dubai Police services and enhance the performance of its personnel. It also seeks to strengthen the community’s confidence in the police force, protect their rights, ensure transparency and accountability, and enhance documentation of police interactions.
The resolution will be published in the Official Gazette and considered valid from the date of publication.