Police Seeks Drone Cameras for Better Surveillance
According to DAWN, the Sindh police is working on equipping the force with at least 10 drone cameras in addition to their ‘video surveillance system’ mainly to provide assistance to the law enforcers during raids.
The technology has proved highly effective for intelligence gathering and planning before an action. Sindh police had prepared a proposal for seeking funds from the government for acquiring at least 10 drone cameras which would be connected with the central command and control centre at the central police office.
The Sindh police’s IT department would handle and operate the drone cameras as it was already operating the command and control centre. This recent development is a part of a police plan to enhance ‘video surveillance system’, which was launched in 2010 with initial investment of Rs500 million.
There is a proposal to acquire the drone cameras which facilitate surveillance in darkness and have night vision facility. In recent raids on criminals’ dens or militants’ hideouts, the police experienced strong reaction and the entire exercise failed to come to fruition because of lack of knowledge about their areas
An official also said that apart from surveillance support during raids, the drones can also be used for monitoring large crowds, gatherings, processions and congregations. The drone cameras will not only provide on the spot coverage to the law-enforcement agency’s personnel but they can also be connected with the command and control centre at the central police office to give a broader picture of what is happening on the ground.