Robots, drones for police will depend on budget

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PUTRAJAYA: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar’s proposal for the police to utilise more robots and drones has been presented to the government, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

This meant that the police plan to move towards modern policing is a step closer and now depends on the government’s budget, added Zahid, who is also the home minister.

“The request is bound by the budget that the finance ministry can allocate.

“We will execute it once we have the funds to make purchases,” he told reporters at the International Conference On Blue Ocean Strategy here today.

Asked as to when the proposal would materialise, Zahid said that depended on “how much and how soon the money is made available”.

Khalid said yesterday, police were looking into using robots and drones to improve efforts at crime busting by reducing human error and covering a bigger area more efficiently.

He also said this technology could be used to capture and send videos of a crime in progress, speeding up crime-fighting work.