The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police is set to procure “body cameras” for its personnel as part of its “smart policing” initiative, with the twin purpose of strengthening security and increasing transparency, Indian express reported.
“The J&K Police force is about 90,000 strong, so the body cameras can’t be available for everyone. They will first be provided for law and order personnel and the traffic police,” DGP S P Vaid was quoted as saying to Indian express.
IGP (Kashmir) S P Pani said the cameras would be mounted on the uniforms as a “visible interface between citizens and law enforcement”. Saying this was a major step forward, he said: “This is a civic measure aimed at increasing accountability within the force. We are training our boys for using this.”
The CRPF, which has been using body cameras in the state for over a year, considers it an “effective measure”. “What this does is that it keeps recording and transmitting to the ops room. So, during operations, it helps guide the forces on the ground and also helps in analysis, after the operation or the law and order situation is over,” IG CRPF, Zulfiquar Hassan was quoted as saying by Indian express.
In a related development, police stations in the state are being connected via the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS). According to senior officers, 78 of the 86 police stations in Kashmir zone are already part of the new system. The CCTNS is a Central project aimed at creating an integrated system for effective policing through e-Governance, and is implemented by the National Crime Records Bureau.
The number of CCTVs in the Valley are also being increased. Senior officers said these measure are being implemented to increase transparency in policing.