By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. About 3000 Police Officers are to be trained and equipped with CCTV management skills to handle the ongoing national safe city CCTV project.
According to a Police statement, Commissioner of Police (CP) Yusuf Sewanyana, the Deputy Director Information Communication Technology says about 3,000 monitoring agents in different categories, including operators, traffic, field officers, command and control technical engineers, computer scientists and technicians will be trained to manage the day to day operations of the system and its maintenance.
“We shall train specialists in power management, video analysis, artificial intelligence and machine language,” Sewanyana said.
He noted that some officers are already receiving practical training in installing equipment in data centers, aligning fibers, installing monitor walls and cameras.
Speaking to some trainees at Nateete Police Station, AIGP Haruna Isabirye, the Director Human Resource Development urged the officers to be committed if the national CCTV project is to be a success.
“Grasp the objectives of this project, understand the concept and be committed, it’s a multiplier effect where these machines will help us in easy policing and fighting against crime, investigations, response detect and prevent crime,” he said, adding that the officers should be competent and have good attitude to manage the system.
On Independence Day, President Yoweri Museveni visited the National CCTV Project Command and Control Centre in Nateete. He expressed optimism that the CCTV cameras will ease fighting of crime, especially in urban areas since Police will no longer rely on eye witnesses but will be using scientific analysis to arrest criminals.
The first phase of the project which began in June 2018 to July 2019 will see 3,322 cameras being installed in Kampala metropolitan area. So far 359 cameras have been put up and are currently working.