KAMPALA– Uganda Police has on Monday, July 1, revealed that the installation of the Hi-tech CCTV cameras for the Kampala Metropolitan Police area now stands at 68%.
The work has been carried out as part of the police investments in the CCTV provision across the country, on the Directive of His Excellency Yoweri Museveni.
According to Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Mr. Fred Enanga, so far 2,547 cameras have been installed out of 3,233 (78%) and sites installed are 1,038 out of 1,248 (83%).
He added that the online cameras are totaling 1,565 out of 3,233 (48.4%), trenching 1,083km out of 1,258km (86%), monitoring rooms online (Divisions) 11 out of 18(61%), fiber cable laying 1,000kms out of 1,258kms (79.5%), construction of the National Center (40%).
Mr. Enanga said the purpose of the surveillance system is to monitor public places, where they are installed to assist in the prevention and detection of crime.
“We are also actively using the CCTV system for gathering information, supporting patrols within the Kampala Metropolitan police area, directing investigations, tackling anti-social and criminal behavior, which range from nuisance to assaults and wounding, and other offences such as burglary, robbery and murder”, he said
He further said that the recordings of the cameras show the duration of the entire offence and details of how it was committed, by the minute.
“The completion of phase I, of this innovative project, will mark a significant point in what is a complex and intricate project. The program works have been huge and we are grateful to the CCTV project team for all their hard work,” Police PRO said.
Police says the public should also note that the effect of CCTV cameras is enhanced when installed alongside other complementary measures, like police patrols, community vigilance, environmental designs, thus raising its credibility as a threat to offenders.
“The CCTV operators are constantly monitoring the areas under surveillance and passing information to the Police Command Center, about incidents which require police response,” adds Police PRO Enanga.
Mr. Enanga revealed that some of the videos which are being uploaded today indicate the effect of the scheme on crime and disorder.
“They will further help improve the understanding of how CCTV footage can be used to control crime and disorder within public places”, he added.