Bhubaneswar cops to get smart gad­gets

The DQWeek (Kolkata) - - REGIONAL NEWS - DQW NEWS BUREA Bhubaneswar

The com­mis­sion­er­ate po­lice of­fi­cers are all set go smart. Do­ing away with the old prac­tice of hold­ing VHF ra­dio sets, the of­fi­cers will soon carry man­pack com­mu­ni­ca­tion sets with mi­cro­phones at­tached to their col­lars.

The state gov­ern­ment will pro­cure at least 60 pieces of col­lar phones at a cost of Rs 19.80 lakh for the com­mis­sion­er­ate po­lice this fis­cal. “For the first time we are go­ing to in­tro­duce this up­graded com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem in the state. Ini­tially, we will pur­chase the col­lar phones for the com­mis­sion­er­ate po­lice,” di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice Kun­war Bra­jesh Singh told.

Com­mis­sioner of po­lice Y B Khu­ra­nia said the col­lar phones will be used by of­fi­cers dur­ing VIP pro­grammes and law and or­der du­ties and traf­fic po­lice per­son­nel. Se­cu­rity per­son­nel of chief min­is­ter Naveen Pat­naik’s in­ner cor­don will also be pro­vided with the lat­est gad­get.

“We ear­lier pro­posed to the state gov­ern­ment about re­quire­ment of the mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem. At times, the VHF ra­dio sets are not au­di­ble. In the lat­est sys­tem, the man-pack VHF will be tagged to waist and the hands-free mi­cro­phone will be at­tached to the col­lars,” Khu­ra­nia said.

This apart, the gov­ern­ment has de­cided to pur­chase body cam­eras for the po­lice per­son­nel in the twin cities. As per the po­lice mod­erni­sa­tion ac­tion plan, at least 40 body cam­eras will be pur­chased at a cost of nearly ` 8 lakh. Khu­ra­nia said each body cam­era will have the ca­pac­ity to store video footage of at least 300 to 400 hours. “Un­like spy cam­eras, the body cam­eras will be of light weight and small size. Po­lice per­son­nel can wear it near chest or arms. Such a gad­get is im­per­a­tive dur­ing law and or­der du­ties,” Khu­ra­nia said.

Po­lice said the traf­fic po­lice per­son­nel as well as of­fi­cers in po­lice sta­tions will be given body cam­eras as they of­ten en­counter un­ruly peo­ple. “We of­ten re­ceived false com­plaints that our per­son­nel mis­be­haved with pub­lic. The body cam­eras will main­tain trans­parency,” the top cop said.

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