Following the recent cases of attacks on police personnel, senior Mumbai Police officers have said traffic cops in the city will soon be armed with body cams, or small cameras attached to their uniform, to record the behaviour of citizens.
According to a senior police officer, the move was discussed following the death of 50-year-old Mumbai Police traffic constable Vilas Shinde last week. Shinde died after he was hit repeatedly on the head by a biker and his brother at a petrol pump in Khar.
“Like the initiatives taken by the Hyderabad and Delhi police forces, we too want to equip our traffic police personnel with small cameras that will be pinned to their shirts. These will record audio and video evidence of any untoward activities they are subjected to,” said the officer.
The project will soon be formally proposed to the state government.
“We are looking to divert a small portion of the funds for the Close Circuit Television cameras project to kickstart the body cams idea. We are checking various other suitable options,” said another senior police officer.
Personnel wearing the cameras will first be deployed at “strategic locations”. “The cameras will not only assure the arrest of traffic violators but also spur our men to work efficiently as their activities will be recorded,” said a senior police officer.
The Hyderabad police were reportedly the first city police in the country to have introduced the cameras, in August last year.
The decision to acquire them was taken in Delhi after a traffic policeman was caught on camera hurling a brick at a woman.