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New police technology efforts coming on stream

The contract for ShotSpotter technology will be signed today, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday outside Cabinet.

“There is a signing tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 at Baha Mar. We will be officially signing the contract for ShotSpotter. The prime minister will be making remarks there, and we’ll also have representatives from ShotSpotter who would be in attendance,” he said.

The ShotSpotter technology will be used to trace gunshots in certain areas of New Providence.

Earlier this month, Dames said that the technology would revolutionize crime fighting.

“It uses acoustic surveillance technology to detect, locate and alert the police of gunfire, wherever they may be,” he said.

Dames said the ability to get to gunfire more quickly improves the likelihood of apprehending shooters, as well as the likelihood of saving the lives of victims.

Asked about the promised body camera program, Dames said yesterday he is hopeful that the winner of that contract will be announced by March.

“We have completed our RFP (request for proposals), and I’m hopeful that, that should be before Cabinet during the next sitting, and hopefully from there we will have it out. And I’m looking at maybe sometime in February or March where we can announce the winner of that particular contract,” he said.

Additionally, Dames said that the RFP for the next phase of CCTV will be released this week.

“Cabinet would have approved it a number of weeks ago,” he said.

Dames also said that there will be a decision about the use of drone technology soon.

He said, “We would have received any number of requests in relation to the drones, and we should be deciding on that very shortly.

“I think that we had, maybe, in excess of 20 requests, and we’re in the process of looking at those requests in order to shortlist those and make some determination as to who would be awarded the contract in relation to the drone.

“So, there are lots of things happening, and we are well ahead of schedule here.”

In his 2018 policing plan, the police commissioner called for the acquisition of body cameras for officers and first responders; the expansion of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) program; and the implementation of drone technology in appropriate areas.

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Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
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