Govt to spend $6 mil. on 500 CCTVs
The government will spend nearly $6 million on the acquisition of 507 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said.
He said Cabinet approved the acquisition of the cameras in late April.
“As far as the CCTV is concerned…Cabinet would have already approved the acquisition of I think it’s 507 cameras to add to the recurring complement,” Dames said.
“We’re in the process now of just finalizing the contract with a local Bahamian group.”
Asked for the cost of the cameras, the minister said, “It will cost $5,911,000.”
He said the cameras would be introduced no later than June.
He said, “It’s just finalizing the contract [and] ensuring that we get the best available deals for the Bahamian people.
“Just examining contracts in the past, most of them as you would’ve heard, would disadvantage the Bahamian people. So, we just want to ensure that any contract that we sign off on puts the Bahamian people in the best possible position and does not disadvantage the people of The Bahamas.”
As a part of his 2018 policing plan, the commissioner of police called for the acquisition of body cameras for officers and first responders; the expansion of the 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 million for capital investment in its CCTV program for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.
In August, Dames said the government had completed the request for proposals for its CCTV camera program.
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