CCTV and drone program RFPs complete, says Dames
Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday that the government has completed the request for proposals (RFPs) for its CCTV camera program and drone program, and awaits review from the Office of the Attorney General.
Dames said the government is also in the process of drafting the RFP for its body camera program.
As a part of his 2018 policing plan, the police commissioner called for acquisition of body cameras for officers and first responders; the expansion of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) program; the implementation of drone technology in appropriate areas; and the expansion of the DNA laboratory; as well as the creation of a digital media department.
The government has budgeted $3,000,000 for capital investment in its CCTV program for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.
Speaking in the Office of the Prime Minister on the modernization of law enforcement throughout the country, Dames said, “I don’t know if the RFP for the body cams – the draft – has been completed.
“I can tell you what I know for sure is the RFP for the drones would have been completed and it’s currently being reviewed by the Office of the Attorney General before it is tabled before Cabinet.
“And the RFP for the nationwide CCTV camera program has been completed and that, too, is at the Office of the Attorney General awaiting review and we hope to have that to Cabinet shortly for approval.
“The ShotSpotter (gunshot detection technology), we should have that taken care of very shortly.
“We have a lot of preliminary work in respect to any number of programs and initiatives have already been completed behind the scenes.
“It’s just a matter now of following the correct protocol before it is tabled before Cabinet for approval.”