He­li­copters, drones for po­lice

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

THE Govern­ment will buy mod­ern sur­veil­lance equip­ment, in­clud­ing high-tech drones and he­li­copters, to en­hance po­lice op­er­a­tions, it has been learnt.

Home Af­fairs and Cul­tural Her­itage Min­is­ter Cain Math­ema told our Harare Bu­reau last week that Govern­ment was mod­ernising crime de­tec­tion, pre­ven­tion and in­ves­tiga­tive ca­pac­i­ties.

Po­lice will roll out the Elec­tronic Traf­fic Man­age­ment Sys­tem (ETMS) this month fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive pi­lot­ing at var­i­ous sta­tions around the coun­try. ETMS is an IT sys­tem that guar­an­tees seam­less data cap­ture and com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween var­i­ous Govern­ment de­part­ments. E-tick­et­ing, speed traps and breathal­y­sers will be de­ployed on roads as part of the new sys­tem. Min­is­ter Math­ema said au­thor­i­ties also plan to es­tab­lish closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion sur­veil­lance.

“One of the ar­eas we are look­ing at is the chaos on our streets. If you look at the traf­fic chaos in our cities, par­tic­u­larly Harare, ZRP needs to be aware of what is hap­pen­ing in each street. The ZRP needs he­li­copters and drones. We are say­ing the ZRP needs he­li­copters, they need drones; we can’t have a po­lice force that does not have he­li­copters. There are ral­lies and all sorts of events where peo­ple gather and the ZRP needs to be equipped to mon­i­tor that. Also all our streets need CCTV mon­i­tor­ing; there is no street in Lon­don where you are not watched on CCTV and we want to have such a sys­tem. We are work­ing on a pro­gramme to in­stall CCTV an all our roads, even on the roads blocks, we want to see them on CCTV. We have en­gaged Trea­sury to try and se­cure fund­ing be­cause we have al­ready bud­geted for these things,” Min­is­ter Math­ema said.

The plans are part of the min­istry’s 100-day pro­gramme. Fol­low­ing last year’s White City Sta­dium ter­ror at­tack tar­geted at Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, au­thor­i­ties ac­ti­vated anti-ter­ror­ism mea­sures that in­cluded de­ploy­ing spe­cial anti-ter­ror per­son­nel and drones at po­lit­i­cal gather­ings coun­try­wide.

Min­is­ter Math­ema said Govern­ment would in a few months roll out e-pass­ports to mod­ernise and en­hance se­cu­rity of travel doc­u­ments.

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