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CCTV cameras needed to enhance anti-crime efforts - OCID

Published:Friday | November 28, 2014 | 9:28 AM

The Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) says there is an immediate need for more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in public spaces, to enhance anti-crime efforts.

OCID head, Senior Superintendent of Police, SSP Clifford Chambers, says it is important that this need be met if his organisation's technological capacity is to match that of advanced countries.

He says the closed-circuit cameras are needed at every stoplight and public place across Jamaica.

Earlier this year, there were strenuous calls for the wide-scale implementation of closed-circuit cameras at business establishments and in certain public spaces after a St Andrew businessman was murdered.

The police have indicated that CCTVs are providing surveillance of sections of Mandeville, May Pen, Half-Way Tree, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.

However, critics have argued that those cameras are mainly to monitor traffic and are not targeted at crime fighting.

Meanwhile, SSP Chambers is appealing for help from other stakeholders to help fight crime behind what he says are closed doors.

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