Detectives in Dubai will use Google Glass to seek out wanted criminals from as early as next year, the police department have announced.

The wearable will be combined with facial recognition technology, according to an official in the Smart Services department of Dubai's police.

"The software that we developed internally enables us to connect a database of wanted people with the glass.

"Once the glass recognises the suspect based on a face print, it will give an alert to the officer wearing it" said Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, director general of the department, speaking to '7 Days in Dubai' newspaper this week.

The initiative is part of the force's plan to have the 'smartest' police department in the world by 2018.

It is already using the wearable to catch speeding cars and identify wanted vehicles.

Al Razooqi did not disclose how many crimes have been solved or offenders caught with the new technology.

The force currently have four headsets at their disposal, but will consider rolling out more once the pilot begins at the beginning of next year, Al Razooqi said.

In May the London Met Police announced it will supply its officers with body cameras to boost transparency and speed the time to conviction.