Uganda police has announced Monday that that it has commenced the second phase of installing security cameras across country.
In a security brief held at the police headquarters based at Naguru, Kampala, spokesperson Fred Enanga told journalists that they concluded phase one of the CCTV network installations which climaxed with the launch of the National security command center last year.
The police, Enanga says, has now embarked on an assessment of all hot spots countrywide which will be harmonized for purposes of installing the security monitoring cameras.
“Around September last year, we embarked on an assessment on hot spot areas so that we can find a way of harmonizing those sites for purposes of erecting cameras,” he said
“Before we get into the process of installation, we usually carry out an assessment of all black spots surrounding our territorial units countrywide so that it can guide us on how best we can police such areas by fixing these cameras,”
He revealed that police so far have strategically identified 2319 sites where surveillance cameras will be installed.
Amongst them, the law enforcement body stated that it will be installing 80 automatic number plate cameras, 20 facial recognition cameras and out of these, 107 police stations at the districts and divisions levels have been selected to set up control centers.
Mr Enanga said the technical team together with the contractors are going to work on the transmission backbone network that is provided by National Information Authority (NITA) countrywide and it is against that backbone that it will be transmitting to the national command centre.
In this second phase, all municipalities, highways and 144 towns shall be covered.
In far areas such as Kisoro, Mityana, Mubende, Kamuli and Rukungiri towns without a backbone transition network from NITA, police said they will use a standalone network to have them covered under surveillance until the ideal infrastructure is set up by NITA.
The law enforcement body also said that major boarders such as Busia, Katuna, Mutukula, Bunagana, Gole and Nimule shall not be left out in this fianal process.
“We believe this is going to be very helpful, already in Kampala metropolitan where the phase one was actualised, we can already see that there’s much improvement in crime and safety. Therefore, the additional cameras countrywide will help improve lives within our communities,” Enanga said