Shortage of CCTV, turns Delhi police to body worn cameras

Due to shortage of CCTV cameras in the city, Delhi Police will soon get body cameras to record the movements in the area where they are deployed. Delhi Police have been planning to buy these body cameras since long and recently, the Delhi Commission for Women has also asked the Delhi Police to start using these cameras. A senior official said that recently DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal wrote to Delhi Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik suggesting that officers on duty wear body cameras. The commission also said that the funds for this pilot project can be taken from the Nirbhaya Fund.

According to sources, Delhi Police are planning to buy at least 1,000 body cameras and more will be ordered as per the need. These cameras can be attached to the uniform of the cop and it could record each movement till the time they are on duty. “After these cameras are bought, initially these cameras will be issued to the cops deployed at the outskirts of the national Capital. As per the crime analysis report, the movement of dreaded criminals is higher in the outskirts area. Also, the gangs active in the city has movements in the border areas,” said a senior officer. These gadgets are going to be high-end cameras with night vision. The tentative cost of these cameras will be between USD $200 to $500 (approx. Rs 13,000-30,000) depending upon the resolution and operation