Six police divisions to get body-worn cameras
A total of 120 body-worn cameras are to be deployed in six police divisions across Kingston and St Andrew with the aim of building a strong and effective police force.
The first areas to benefit include St Andrew Central, St Andrew South, Kingston Eastern, Kingston Central and the Motorised Patrol and Traffic divisions.
Over time, the body camera project, which is a collaborative effort between the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the United States Embassy, will benefit the rest of the force.
Speaking at the launch, at the Police Commissioner’s Office in St Andrew yesterday, National Security Minister Robert Montague said strong and effective policing represented one pillar of his Ministry’s five-pillar strategy to reduce crime.
Montague indicated that the use of body-worn cameras is an element to be used to build trust between the citizens and the police.
“This effort is a significant investment in improving transparency in the conduct of police operations. It provides an impartial third witness, especially in cases where accusations of biases and wrongdoings on the part of the police may be made,” he said.
Superintendent of Police in Charge of the Information and Communication Technology Division, Norris Rhoomes, in a demonstration of the cameras, described them as tamper-proof.
He said each camera carries a serial number, which will be assigned to the police officer, adding that they are equipped with capabilities for recording night and day footage, up to five to 10 hours, and can be kept for a period of time.