Police officers and staff at Police Headquarters (PHQ) will now be under constant watch of their superiors as CCTV cameras are being installed in each room of the newly-built PHQ building. All the PHQ departments will soon be shifted to the new building.
The decision to install these cameras has been taken by the police administration in a bid to keep surveillance on the functioning of its staff and officers. There would be a central server where inputs of the CCTV cameras would be recorded.
Confirming the move, director general of police (DGP) Nandan Dube, said, "The new PHQ buildings will be under 360-degree CCTV cameras. This is important in two aspects: first is the security of the building and the second, our work will be more transparent."
Dube said the cameras would be installed inside the cabin of the DGP, too.
A total of `3.29 crore has been sanctioned for the security system of the new PHQ building.
"We have a separate budget for the security of the building. And, a part of security system will be used for the installation of the CCTV cameras. The cameras would be installed before all the departments are shifted to the new building," said Pawan Jain, the additional director general of police (ADG), planning. As of now, only the crime investigation department (CID) office has been shifted in the new building.
Dube said that there was a plan to install CCTV cameras at all police stations and also at the offices of all the district superintendents of police. "We have been planning it for quite a long time," he added.
According to the proposal, a camera would be installed in the room of police station in-charge, one at head muharriwr’s cabin and one at entrance gate of police station.
Similar cameras positions would be maintained at SPs’ offices. This would help the police officers to keep surveillance on the functioning of their station staff, said Dubey.
He, however, said that for the execution of this project, a handsome amount will be required.