By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) now has access to live feed from the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras across Georgetown (GT), according to Head of the Defense Board, Dr. Roger Luncheon.
Speaking at his post cabinet media briefing this morning (Wednesday, October 08), Dr. Luncheon said it is hoped that this will give a boost to investigations and prosecutions of events uncovered during the CCTV operations.
“Most recently the CID has succeeded in being linked and becoming a part of the network for receipt of CCTV footage,” he said.
He disclosed that there are some forty sites around the city; explaining that there should be 3-4 workable cameras at each site. Plans are also afoot to have another 10 sites added which should see some 40 more cameras being installed.
He explained that, periodically, some cameras are out of order as a result of accidents and vandalism but assured that a technical team has been established to ensure all cameras are maintained and workable at all times.
Dr. Luncheon said the Defense Board, at an August meeting, reviewed the state of affairs within the capital city regarding the CCTV cameras where it was recognized that there was need for further development of the system.
It was approved then, an increase in the number of sites and number of cameras that cover the main arteries in and out of Georgetown.
“Independently the Defense Board also commended the joint services for its collaboration in having live footage now being made available to the other joint services entities,” the Defence Board Head added.
All entities were previously provided with recorded footage when requested. Footage is being stored at the National Intelligence Center.
Luncheon said that recommendations were also made for the software intensification that will allow image to be heightened and also technical applications to be brought to bear on images recovered.
He later explained that such upgrades will see the installation of night vision among other technology.
The CCTV cameras were installed during the 2006 – 2011 Bharrat Jagdeo term in office. Persons have since questioned the effectiveness of the cameras in crime fighting and had particularly lamented the police’s hindered accessibility to footage recovered by the cameras.