Dashboard, body cameras to check traffic violations in Rajasthan

In order to encounter all traffic violations at public places and highways in Rajasthan, the traffic wing of police department will install in-vehicle dash cameras in highway mobile vans, interceptor vans and body-worn cameras (BWC) on all intercepting officers on duty.

According to a proposal made by the traffic wing, the main objectives behind the move are to increase vigilance, increase transparency, justify accountability, incorporate IT, system integrations, data authentication and authorization for controlled access and video streaming. HT has a copy of the proposal.

Additional director general of police (ADGP), traffic Pankaj Singh said that the department will be purchasing 500 body worn cameras and 100 dash cameras and for this a budget of Rs 1.65 crore have been sanctioned.

“Under the Dedicated Road Safety, in-vehicle dash cameras and body worn cameras would be procured. These cameras will help in capturing and preservation of interactions between police officers and the public,” said ADGP Singh.

The move to record the incidents came after series of corruption complaints against policemen especially posted at highways. “There have been complaints where certain officers have let off violating drivers after accepting bribes. The move will also have a positive effect on behaviour of the duty officers with the civilians,” said an officer.

A dashboard cam is a camera that is placed on vehicles windshield or dashboard and is continuously recording everything that happens while driving the vehicle in and out that is front and rear view.

The camera automatically switches on and begins recording as soon as the vehicle engine starts. It then saves all the video data to a memory card in the camera that can be uploaded to a computer via USB.

Speaking about the advantages of the camera, ADGP Singh said, “The dash cameras could be used as evidence in accidents and events occurring on highway and other roads. It is also useful tracking down and capturing crime by police officers. It can also help in prevention of insurance frauds and capturing rash or over speeding vehicles.”

Body worn cameras are recording device worn by the officer on the officers on the uniform that captures audio and video of the encounter between law-enforcement and citizens. The video is from the officer’s perspective and is used to better document the event.

The cameras will have an infrared night vision and will be 4G and Wi-Fi enabled so that the recordings can be monitored on real-time basis in the department’s operations control centre. Videos will be transferred to the remote user to allow direct view of the video to the users to benefit real time information.

Any information captured on the officer’s BWC can be used to resolve an allegation against a member of the department. The captured information can also aid in criminal or traffic investigation. As per the proposal, BWCs will be sued for official purpose only. Intentional abuse or misuse of the equipment or malicious violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action.

The proposal reads, “Officers shall only use the issued equipment to record encounters between citizens and the police. Only the program administration with administrative rights can edit recorded events. Any edits, changes made to an existing recording will be documented in an audit log and maintained at internal affairs. Employees are prohibited from making a copy of any BWC recording by using another recording device such a cell phone.”

First Published:
Mar 19, 2019 13:22 IST

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