To tackle contingencies like deluges,terror attacks or riots in the city,the Mumbai Police are now developing a state-of-the-art executive command centre or war room at the police headquarters in the Crawford Market area. During emergencies,the Mumbai Police chief and top officers will be able to monitor CCTV feeds on a video wall and chalk out the adequate police response.
The new command centre is being developed in an erstwhile conference room adjoining the Mumbai Police Commissioners office and will function in tandem with the existing control room at the headquarters.
We are developing an executive command centre,a sort of war room,where the Police Commissioner can take stock of the ground situation through real-time CCTV feeds. These feeds will be displayed on a state-of-the-art video wall,which will also display deployment of police vehicles fitted with GPS (Global Positioning System) or GIS (Geographic Information System) at any given time, said a senior officer,who did not wish to be named.
The war room will come into play only in cases of serious law and order situations,terror attacks or natural calamities,sources said. Besides the police chief,only top officers such as Joint Commissioners of Police or Additional Commissioners of Police will meet in the room to discuss police strategy.
While the existing police control room at the headquarters will continue to perform its daily functions,the war room meant for top officers will only be used in cases of emergencies. It will have the advantage of a modern video wall and hotlines,besides confidentiality, said the officer.
Ten days after the 13/7 serial blasts in the city last year,Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Home Minister R R Patil had visited the control room to take stock of the systems in place and had announced plans for a rehaul.
While a complete overhaul of the control room was initially contemplated,these plans were shelved in favour of a new control room that will occupy an entire floor in an administrative building that is coming up at the police headquarters.
Meanwhile,the control room has received upgrades to reduce call drop rates. Its outdated analog lines have been converted into a digital system.
The new war room will function seamlessly with the existing control room and will also be integrated with the one that will be developed later at the new police building, said the officer.