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Bullet-proof vests,GPS on Mumbai cops’ shopping list

Hi-tech vehicles protected from explosives and chemicals,firing simulators with videos on hostage rescue,firing simulators and a Global Positioning System...

Written by Shweta Desai | Mumbai | Published: January 13, 2009 12:22:11 am

Hi-tech vehicles protected from explosives and chemicals,firing simulators with videos on hostage rescue,firing simulators and a Global Positioning System,not to mention the basics like bulletproof jackets,non-skid shoes and day and night vision binoculars,will ensure that the Mumbai police never again feel under-equipped as they did while tackling the terrorists who took the city hostage in November.

The shopping list,which reads almost as if it were made for the army,marks the police’s first major purchase since 26/11. They invited tenders for some of the equipment on Monday.

A 74 cm-tall robot,armed with laser-equipped shotguns and explosive disruptors,will climb steps and look for explosives and chemicals wherever their presence is suspected.

Other hi-end equipment will include a recoilless disrupter,which will disrupt many kinds of Improvised explosive devices,with the probability high that it will lock the explosion. A portable non-linear junction detector will help in detection of devices containing electronic fuses,while a terra-Hertz passive imaging system will provide images of concealed objects at a distance of 25 metres.

“We will fast-track the purchase. These are items we never had and whose need we feel now more than ever,” DCP Vijaysingh Jadhav said.

The state Government has sanctioned Rs 127 crore for the upgrade of the force and the purchase is part of the drive. Sources who attended the first Security Council meeting in Mumbai on Saturday said Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said that Centre has cleared the import of some of the equipment.

Three top cops,Hemant Karkare,Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar,had been gunned down despite having worn bulletproof jackets. Now the police have ordered 40 jackets that will cover the whole front,the back torso,both sides and the upper shoulders.

The 9mm full metal jacket will be able to sustain cartridges fired from machine guns,such as carbines and AK 47s,from 10 metres for farther. Bulletproof helmets and eye goggles will also be part of the protective gear.

For surveillance,advanced CCTV cameras have been ordered,besides digital video recorders. Officials refused to disclose the location of the CCTV cameras. The department has asked for a Mumbai Radio Trunking System,aimed at improving communication between headquarters and mobile teams broadcasting from the scene of a crime,VVIP meetings or other key sites.

Mobile surveillance gear will include walkie-talkies of military standard and a frequency between 820-870 MHZ,body-worn cameras,and cameras with a controller and display mounted on vehicles. The system will transmit real-time digital images from cameras directly to a mobile command vehicle.

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