Mohiuddin Jewel, Chattogram
For the first time in Chattogram, ‘Body worn Camera’ has been introduced on trial basis for the on-duty police personnel.
The live video cameras will work as mobile CCTV cameras. The city's Double Mooring Police Station has already started using the cameras on experimental basis last Saturday along with 3 other police stations.
Chittagong Double Mooring Police Station Officer-In-Charge (OC) Mohammad Mohsin made the disclosure while talking to Bangladesh Post regarding ‘Body Worn Camera’ for police personnel yesterday.
In order to bring transparency and accountability in work, the members of Chittagong Metropolitan Police have started using portable or 'Body Worn' cameras.
Such cameras were installed on the uniforms of police personnel of four police stations in the port city on Saturday. In Dhaka and Sylhet, only members of the traffic department are already using such cameras.
These 'Body Own' cameras have been given to Kotwali, Double Mooring, Panchlaish and Patenga police stations in Chattogram on an experimental basis. Sub-inspectors of the police station will use these cameras.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police Commissioner Saleh Tanvir told Bangladesh Post that besides the traffic police, the use of this camera has been started experimentally in Chattogram at the police station level.
“As a result of using such camera, the activities of the on-duty police will be recorded. Their accountability can be ensured. We can easily verify their actions,” he added.
According to the Police source, these cameras will be brought under the 'GPRS' system and if the results are good, it will be given to all the police stations later. The camera can capture audio, video and stills. These cameras are placed on the chests or necks of the policemen.
If anyone goes on an operation, everything from identifying the accused to the surrounding situation will be captured on this camera.
Contacted, Nezam Uddin, Officer-In-Charge (OC), Kotwali Police Station of Chittagong told Bangladesh Post that everything the police are doing and where they are going will be captured on these cameras.
Meanwhile, people of different professions in Chattogram are happy with this initiative of the police department. Moktar Hossain, a teacher of Chittagong University, told Bangladesh Post that such activities would increase people's confidence in the police department. The attitude of cooperating with them will be created.