Faced with frequent riotous situations, police have decided the best way to monitor the capital from the control room would be through cameras that would be fitted on the roof of its fleet. The cameras will be connected to a server at the police headquarters and in the offices of all 11 district police heads.
To begin with, a revolving CCTV camera has been mounted on a Maruti Gypsy with the New Delhi district police. Two frontal cameras have been installed on the bar light of two police control room (PCR) vans in outer Delhi.
“If things go well, cameras will come up on all the 1,000 PCR vans,” said Special Commissioner of Police TN Mohan. The electronic eyes will help Delhi cops in more ways than one.
The decision to go for the cameras was taken following earlier and recent incidents of standoff between the police and mobs during protests -- and mass rallies. Officers not at the site were also finding it difficult to verify allegations of police brutality on such occasions.
“The cameras will help officers to take decisions depending on the situation as they will monitor live videos and instruct their men on the spot,” Mohan said. He doesn’t hide the fact that the cameras will also help keep an eye on the police force too.
1,599 The number of minor and major demonstrations last year in New Delhi and Central Delhi police districts
366 The number of religious processions and gatherings in the same areas