Police need to be efficient and tech-savvy in counter-terrorism and be efficient to give justice. As they say, the modern problem needs a modern solution. Technology has made life easier and more efficient, saving time. According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations Wing Lahore Mustansir Feroze, Lahore Police will wear body cameras to fight and minimize crime.
The LEAs abroad have used body cameras. In Pakistan, they introduce this in the Police force. In 2016, Complaint Management System was established to facilitate the public visiting the police station. CCTVs were installed in front desk rooms. These were connected to the Central Police Office (CPO), divisional SP, CPO, DPO, CCPO, and RPO offices.
The Police Department in recent times has been upgraded and updated, yet they have hardly been given due credit. The police-citizen conflict aggravates the situation without knowing the real story. Because of these body cameras, the interaction can be recorded. On-spot instructions will be offered to address the complaint and senior officers will supervise it. The officers’ performance will also be monitored. This will also help to identify criminals to eliminate terrorism. This will help regain the trust of the public in the police. The citizens can also register their complaints in 1787.
The cameras will be installed in the Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA) control room and linked with the Central Police Office (CPO). A training session was also arranged for the officers where the use and functionality of the cameras were demonstrated. Communication Officer Tayyab Sattar said that these cameras will help monitor the availability and behavior of the front desk officer.
Such measures will lessen the gap between the police and the public. The trust deficit can be regained to move forward with a better and safe Pakistan.