GPS tracking, speed monitoring for all police vehicles
In an effort to ensure accountability, the use of technology has been incorporated to support the monitoring of all police vehicles on patrol via the GPS tracking systems, with monitoring via the Operations Command Centre.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith made the announcement by way of a media release on Saturday.
The Command Centre will now be able to monitor the speed of each vehicle in 10 second-intervals.
If any vehicle is going over the speed limit and is not responding to a distress call, then those officers would be made to account for their actions.
Griffith said this system would ensure that vehicles remain within their area of responsibility and not divert without just cause, whilst also ensuring effective and active monitored patrols.
This shift would also assist by providing a security blanket that ensures an immediate response within minutes to distress calls on most occasions, he added.
Making reference to an accident on Friday involving a police vehicle, the Commissioner noted that the vehicle was being driven at a speed of 140 KPH on the Uriah Butler Highway and then 89 KPH on a secondary road just prior to impact.
The officers were not responding to any distress call.
They have since been banned from driving police vehicles pending the outcome of an investigation.
Over 500 police vehicles have become unserviceable in the past three years.
Griffith said in an effort to keep as many police vehicles on the road and not grounded as a result of negligence, he is incorporating this procedure of monitoring their speed.
A 3 level system for distress calls coming from the E999 Call Centre will be implemented from January 1, 2019, where, based on the severity of the threat from the E999 Command Centre, the police officer would have a restriction of speed in relation to the distress call.
The new system is expected to eliminate the “strong belief” by citizens that police officers using sirens or exceeding the speed limit are abusing their position.
The Commissioner is reminding citizens to allow free passage to police vehicles with their sirens attempting to pass, as this means that they are using it to attend to a distress call, and if not, then they would be contacted and called in to give account for their actions.
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