Jammu and Kashmir Police is procuring body cameras for its personnel to help the force during counter-militancy operations and law and order issues, as well as to increase transparency, Director General of the state police SP Vaid said on Friday, 20 July in Srinagar.
The state's top cop said apart from helping the force during law and order problems, the body cameras would increase transparency.
Let's say a traffic cop is challaning somebody, allegations come that so and so was drunk and he abused me or took money from me, camera will record, it will not tell lies. Similarly, during law and order (problems), policemen have to confront hostile crowd. In the camera you will see who is doing right or wrong, so it is like using technology to know the truth,” Vaid said.
The DGP said while the first priority is to use the cameras during law and order problems, they can be used during anti-militancy operations as well.
“The first priority is the law and order. If there is a need to use them during operations, we will use them,” he said.
Vaid said the process of procurement of the body cameras was on.
“The process is on. As soon as they come, first we will supply them in the cities and towns, particularly nakas, city law and order component and the traffic police,” he said.
Workshop for police personnel held
With a view to achieve uniform services across the State by using technology, Director General of Police M. Mahendar Reddy instructed police officers to carry out real-time entry of an offence, instead of doing it offline.
“The officers should avoid paperwork. Everything should be online, in real-time,” he said, addressing a day-long workshop of all Sub-Divisional Police Officers and Divisional Assistant Commissioners of Police (Law & Order, Traffic, and Crimes) here on Saturday.
At the workshop, it was decided to ensure uniform service delivery by providing consistent and reliable services at all police stations and enhance sense of safety and security among citizens. The officers also decided to promote a culture of result-based monitoring and evaluation in police work for achieving a crime-free State. A feedback to all complainants/ petitioners on the progress of their cases/ petitions must be provided, he said.
Additional DGPs Ravi Gupta and Jitender, IG (North Zone) Nagi Reddy and IG (West Zone) Stephen Ravindra were present at the workshop.