By Demion McTair. Updated 8:57 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Commissioner of Police, Colin John says that the installation of cameras throughout the country would help to deter would-be criminals.
At a ceremony to launch the Taiwan funded Intelligent Bus Management and Monitoring System – e-Bus and Security Operation Center at the Questelles Police station on July 21, Mr. John said cameras are an important crime fighting tool.
“I have an important piece of tool in the police arsenal so that we can fight crime,” Mr. John says.
“We also have trained persons who can handle this piece of tool and can assist in making St. Vincent and the Grenadines a safer place,” Mr John says.
The commissioner says “the fact that cameras are placed at several locations throughout St. Vincent” and soon to be in The Grenadines, “that would help to deter would-be criminals from commiting crimes”.
“Also, it provides a monitoring mechanism for police officers. So, we can divert out resources” to “hotspots or areas where activities are taking place,” the commissioner says. He added that “for instance, at Carnival time, or times when there are events of mass gathering, the persons who are observing the cameras can observe what’s talking place from a particular room, so we’re able to divert our resources” to situations like that.
The project to install the camera also includes the implementation of a e-Bus system where commuters will be able to track where buses for their routes are.
Some 200 cameras will be installed under the project, some have already been installed in capital city, Kingstown.
The cost of the project is EC$ 6.4 million dollars.