Police UAVs & choppers to help cut short chase of criminals in seven metros
: An eye in the sky, a fusion centre that analyses and disseminates crime-related information and 30% women at all levels of police hierarchy are among the key features of the revised norms that the home ministry has sent to the states.
The Safe City plan for seven metros covers Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad and is a part of the Police Modernisation Scheme. Last week, the ministry revised the guidelines stressing police units in metros be lean on manpower but high on technology, a "combination of man and machine", as it were. It also doubled the budget for achieving this: from Rs 900 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 1,847 crore in the upcoming financial year.
Inspired perhaps by police choppers hovering over New York's skyline and unmanned drones being experimented with in US cities to gather intelligence, the guidelines say "air surveillance can be obtained by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters fitted with cameras and sensors to send images and alerts to a central command centre for both preventive and post-incident operations." UAVs have been used recently in Delhi on important occasions.
In a step that acknowledges the public anger at the brutal gang rape of a medical student who died subsequently of grievous injuries, the guidelines suggest that having 30% women at all levels of police hierarchy would go a long way in building trust with society as also help control crime against woman.
Presently, the strength of women in the Indian Police is 84,479, a mere 5% of the total force. Of these, 66,898 are constables. "Women presently need to be treated on a par with men so that they can work with equal confidence and efficiency," the guidelines say. It has suggested states pass suitable legislations to ensure 30% women in the police force.
The Fusion Centre, as visualized by the guidelines shall have access to data inputs such as vehicle registration numbers, Unique Identification numbers of citizens, PAN card details and crime-related data. The Fusion Centre will have face recognition systems to red-flag suspect individuals caught on CCTVs. The inherent issue of privacy in giving a Fusion Centre access to private data of individuals will be addressed by law enforcement agreements and state legislations, the guidelines say.
The guidelines suggest the command control rooms in the seven metros be upgraded as these are the "heart" of the safe city project. "There should be video walls with continuous and live feed from a network of CCTV set up in the city. There should be a separate set of analysts to review CCTV feeds from sensitive places in the city," the guidelines say. The Home Ministry also wants the metros to go for high-speed police patrol cars fitted with automatic license plate readers. Police UAVs & choppers to help cut short chase of criminals in seven metros - The Economic Times
It sound's really nice, but the big question is will they implement it ?