Coimbatore

City police get 70 body-worn cameras

The cameras will bring more transparency into the work of police personnel: Sumit Sharan

Upgrading the use of technology in traffic and law and order management, Coimbatore City Police and Uyir, a people’s initiative against road traffic accidents, together launched body-worn cameras for the police on Wednesday.

Uyir has handed over 70 cameras to the city police which will be used by both personnel into traffic management and law and order duties The cameras will be fixed on the uniform of the user.

Launching the body-worn cameras, Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan said that they can be used to stream live visuals to the police control room as well as record the visuals in the device at the same time.

“The cameras will bring more transparency into the work of police personnel as whatever they are doing is recorded. This will also improve the satisfaction of the public with regard to the work of the police,” he said.

Of the 70 body worn cameras, 20 devices use SIM card for internet connection for live streaming of videos. Remaining 50 cameras without SIM card will be used for recording purposes when the police are on traffic and law and order duty. A fully charged camera can record visuals up to 8 hours. The cameras will also be used for surveillance during processions, public meetings and other events.

S. Rajasekaran of Ganga Hospital, managing trustee of Uyir, said that the launch of body worn cameras was one of the efforts to strive towards 'target zero' in reducing accidents in Coimbatore which stands next to Chennai for fatalities on roads in the State.

He said that Uyir will complete installation of number plate recognition cameras at 40 important signals in the city in two to three months. Currently, such cameras are functional at five signals on Avinashi Road.

Mr. Sharan said that the police have registered 1,400 cases for traffic violations detected by the smart cameras at the five signals so far and collected ₹ 6 lakh in fine from offenders.

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