Durban – The eThekwini Metro Police Department is going hi-tech, as the city gets ready to welcome millions of visitors for the December holidays.
Officers are going to be equipped with body cameras and tazer guns, in a bid to efficiently combat crime in the city.
Metro Police spokesperson Parboo Sewpersad says the cameras will also monitor officers’ conduct on duty.
“In the police fraternity we have had allegations and reports of bad behaviour, however this will counteract all these bad behaviour towards police and community. So yes, we can bring back the trust within the police and the community,” he said.
eThekwini Municipality’s Safer Cities unit, being showcased at #GovTech2019. Microsoft and our partners are working to bring efficiency of service delivery to improve public safety. pic.twitter.com/WFsqp7O7zY
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Sewpersad says their vehicles will also be fitted with number plate reading cameras to analyse information about a vehicle and its driver, such as outstanding fines.
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This Durban Metro Police vehicle is fitted with state of the art technology that will automatically take photographs of other vehicles driving on the roads and verify information with KZN Transport Department's electronic database, including licensing details, outstanding fines and traffic violations.