NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 31 – Police have released a video on YouTube showing the huge role CCTV is playing in combating crime in Nairobi and Mombasa.
The CCTV system, built by Safaricom has seen the police stop crimes in the two cities following intelligence from the command and control center where they are able to pick out suspects and relay information to officers on the ground who are then able to take the appropriate action.
The video titled Technology in Modern Policing shows cases of how the police arrested suspects that included a man who was seen changing his appearance by removing a kanzu and a cap while resting on a bench at Uhuru Park.
The man was found to be a foreigner staying in Kenya illegally.
Other incidences include the arrest of some young men who were caught trailing an unsuspecting man from Uhuru Park to Supreme Court buildings.
“Police would wish to caution any criminal elements planning to commit a crime that they are watching,” said a statement issued from Police headquarters.
Integrated Command, Control, and Communication (IC3) was commissioned in May 2015 in Nairobi, Mombasa.
The overall aim of the 14.9 billion project is to improve the National Police Service’s operational efficiency by deploying new hardware using up-to-date technology that will enable the Police to adopt more efficient working practices and new operating concepts.
“The system is a response to the very real, and growing, threat of terrorist attacks and we remain proud of our non-profit role in building a system that will help the National Police Service to protect the safety of Kenyans and to save lives in an emergency,” said Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore.
The handover of the state-of-the-art system, which has connected 195 police stations in Nairobi and Mombasa to 1,800 CCTV cameras, was completed in November 2015.
In progressing towards greater efficiencies, one of the IC3 aims is to bring together various elements of National Police Service operation to work as a more unified team.
The IC3 operations have integrated the Command, Control, and Communication functions through the following service areas: Emergency Call Centre (ECC), Dispatching Centre (DC) and Critical Incident Management Suite (CIMS).
ECC handles all incoming and outgoing public trunk calls in wake of emergency while DC dispatches, monitors and support operational resources efficiently and in a timely manner.
CIMS role is to proactively and intelligently monitor the public spaces.
It also plans and manages all the pre-planned and spontaneous major events, through a defined escalation process to contain and manage a situation or an event through a clearly defined command structure.
It further contains integrated tools that merge information in an environment that provides leadership quick and accurate data to evaluate situations.
Still on CIMS, police can easily track down a vehicle through the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Control System.
IC3, according to police, has helped in reducing cases of crime in the three major cities in the country.