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IS this the polic­ing of the fu­ture?

The first pic­tures have emerged of Dubai po­lice train­ing on hov­er­bikes they claim will help first re­spon­ders reach dif­fi­cult ar­eas more eas­ily.

It marks an­other ex­trav­a­gant ad­di­tion to the Mid­dle Eastern coun­try’s po­lice force, which al­ready has a Fer­rari and Lam­borgh­ini among its crime­fight­ing cars.

The robo­cop­tors could be one day be pi­loted by robo­cops, with Dubai ea­ger to have ro­bots along­side reg­u­lar po­lice by 2030.

Con­sumers could or­der a hov­er­bike but it would set them back about $206,000.

Hover­surf – a Rus­sianowned com­pany based in Cal­i­for­nia – has gifted Dubai’s po­lice its first se­rial pro­duc­tion of the elec­tric ver­ti­cal take­off land­ing (eVTOL) ve­hi­cles af­ter a deal was signed last year.

The com­pany’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Joseph Se­gu­raConn said the force could or­der as many of the hov­er­bikes as it wanted.

“They’re go­ing to let us know in the next month or two if they’d like any more ... if they would like 30 or 40, we’ll make it hap­pen for them,” Mr Se­gu­raConn said, ac­cord­ing to CNN.

Po­lice could zip around as high as 4m off the ground on the 115kg Hover­surf S3, which can reach a max­i­mum speed of about 100km/h.

But they bet­ter hope they’re not caught up in any lengthy pur­suits. The fu­tur­is­tic ve­hi­cle can be pi­loted for no longer than 25 min­utes, though they can op­er­ate for up to 40 min­utes if used as a drone.

The Hover­surf S3 is yet anand other ex­trav­a­gant ad­di­tion to Dubai’s po­lice force.

Last year, Dubai launched a po­lice ro­bot that marked the first phase of a bold move to in­te­grate ro­bots among their of­fi­cers. The coun­try hopes robo­cops could make up 25 per cent of its po­lice force by 2030.

The REEM ro­bot can set­tle fines, send video to a po­lice op­er­at­ing cen­tre, for­ward re­ports and even speak nine lan­guages. JO John­son, the younger brother of Boris, has re­signed from British Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Gov­ern­ment over Brexit – the is­sue his brother had made his own.

The younger John­son also called for an­other ref­er­en­dum to avoid the chaos he said Mrs May’s Brexit plans would un­leash.

Quit­ting as a ju­nior trans­port min­is­ter, Jo John­son called Mrs May’s Brexit plans “delu­sional” and said he could not vote for the deal she is ex­pected to un­veil in Par­lia­ment within weeks.

Pic­ture: HOVER­SURF

AIR­BORNE PO­LICE: A Dubai po­lice of­fi­cer trains on a fly­ing mo­tor­bike ahead of planned launch of the ve­hi­cles in 2020.

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