Body Worn Video Steering Group
Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh, India, currently home to a movement toward ‘smart policing’ through modern technology. Soon, the local Hyderabad Traffic Police (HTP) plan to procure 100 body worn video cameras under this initiative.
“As of now, Traffic cops are using four wearable video cameras on an experimental basis… Sub-inspectors (in traffic police) will be using them by March end,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Jitender, told reporters.
Briefing on the system, he said the high resolution audio-visuals will be recorded in the camera and stored in a memory card.
“This would facilitate socially desirable behaviour. Use of wearable video cameras can bring measurable benefits to relation between police and the civilians,” he said.
In addition to the move toward body worn video cameras Hyderabad Traffic Police will be setting up ‘Automatic Integrated Traffic Management System’, to target violators using sophisticated technological means.
Within a few minutes of the announcement of the Body Worn Video Cameras scheme from Telangana State Government, opposition leaders pointed out that Government is wasting the money, but the official response says that it would be most useful for ensuring public safety with measurable benefits to the community.