Bhubaneswar cops to get smart gadgets
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.