New yr to usher in new-age police force

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2014 14:22 IST

Massive modernisation of the city police is on the anvil, with plans to introduce hi-tech gadgets, extensive patrolling and more civic interaction over the next year.

A proposal for purchasing five Z-scanners to inspect interiors of vehicles interior and six drone cameras for regular aerial vigil in city areas has been sent to the DGP headquarters. The city police would be the first in the country to buy these gadgets if the ? 26-crore proposal is cleared by the government.

“These two gadgets would make Lucknow police better prepared to counter any type of threat. The proposal for purchase of six drone cameras at Rs. 6 lakh each has already been cleared by senior government officials and now only finance department approval is required. Proposal for purchase of Z-scanners has also been sent, but it requires more pursuance as each scanner costs Rs. 5 crore,” said senior superintendent of police Yashasvi Yadav.

“Lucknow police would be the first to have electro-magnetic scanning device if everything goes as per the plan. It would be used to inspect vehicles as well as for public safety,” he said, adding that security threats could come from anywhere, so the screening system should be advanced.

The Z-scanners can read images quickly and clearly, revealing threats like explosives, drugs, currency and items like alcohol and cigarettes even in high-throughput environments like border crossings and security checkpoints. They can scan each moving and stationary vehicle in a two-kilometre radius. Thus, said the SSP, they would give cops the ability to investigate targets that could not be scanned before.

Besides, the city police that used to hire drone cameras from private agencies during sensitive programmes, can now keep regular aerial vigil once the gadgets are available with the department. This would help in tracking criminals and keeping an eye in sensitive locations round the year.

These cameras would be distributed among the three regions-west city, east region and trans-Gomti area, Yadav added.

“The drone can fly up to 600 metres and in a one-kilometre radius. There will be seven cameras capturing visuals from different angles,” he added.

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