‘Travel Ban’ and ‘Wanted’ Dubai Police SMS up 319% in 2019

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 26 January 2019: The Dubai Police Criminal Status of Financial Cases service has benefited more than 57,000 during 2019, a 724 per cent increase compared to the year before.

Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation at Dubai Police, revealed that the force’s automated system — the Smart Status Notification Service — to inform individuals wanted in financial cases or those who have travel bans due to financial cases via SMS, saw a 319 per cent increase in 2019 compared to the year before.

“This service aims at facilitating the settlement of cases against people who intentionally or unintentionally are unreachable so they can come forward and settle their cases,” Al Jallaf explained.

23,372 individuals have benefitted from this service, he said

“This service has helped decrease the number of complaints, cut time for clients, and reduced required procedures,”, Brig. Al Jallaf added.

The Criminal Status of Financial Cases service enables residents to check their criminal status in financial cases registered at Dubai police stations. It also allows them to check if they have a travel ban due to financial cases. It only requires visiting dubaipolice.gov.ae or downloading the Dubai Police e app, plus a valid Emirates ID.