If you happen to see police officials in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi with expensive cameras on their uniform, you are witnessing the incorporation of advanced technology by the state police to reinforce effective policing.
The initiative was flagged off by DGP Loknath Behera at the Kerala Police Headquarters last week, and 25 body-worn cameras have been assigned to select police personnel in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi City Police range for manning traffic.
The camera can be fixed upon the collar or belt of the uniform.
The state-of-the-art cameras are equipped with features like live streaming of visuals, a touchscreen monitor for changing the settings and for sending messages and photos, infrared facility for night vision, 4th generation SIM-controlled system, 8 hours of battery backup and 32 GB inbound memory. Additionally, they can be used as wireless sets for internal communication.
“The cameras will be used for effective traffic management and later extended to the other police wings. We want to implement it in all the police stations,” said Behera, reports The New Indian Express.
He also mentioned that the cameras could be useful in criminal investigations, law and order, and house search purposes since they will ensure integrity in police functioning.
The authorities plan on implementing the cameras during the upcoming Makaravilakku festival at Sabarimala.
According to ACP V Suresh Kumar, it will be the Police Control Room (PCR) which will control and oversee the functioning of the cameras. “A decoding unit has been set up at the PCR to enable the recorded footage to be downloaded onto the computer. So we will soon start using it during vehicle checking,” he added.
After the Delhi and Rajasthan Police, Kerala is the third state in the country where the state police force has procured the body-worn cameras.