The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has commissioned the construction of the National Command and ICT Research and Innovation under the CCTV Project.
Speaking at the commissioning of the National Command Centre at the Police headquarters at Naguru on Monday, Ochola underscored the role played by the centre in fighting crime.
“The command center structure is the heart of command, control, communication, coordination and intelligence for Uganda Police Force in cooperation with sister security agencies. It is where videos, data and voice from the CCTV cameras and other systems will be monitored from. Therefore it is a vital structure that will house critical installations,”Ochola said.
Speaking about the ICT Research and Innovation centre, the police chief said it will be a hub for research and innovation by the police force.
“The center will be a hub of ICT innovations for security agencies. All software to be used by us will be developed from the center and then systems deployed basing on software developed by our own police officers,” he said.
The two centres will also house the main control units of the system which include crime monitoring center, emergency center 999/112, data analysis, data center and traffic monitoring center.
It will be equipped with computers in the four laboratories with each having more than 60 seats to facilitate electronic learning for police officers.
The structures are part of the Safe City Project that would see major highways and towns installed with CCTV cameras and the construction of the two centres undertaken by Chinese company, Huawei Technologies Limited will take eight months.
Following the brutal murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, together with his bodyguard and driver by unknown assailants in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb in March 2017, President Museveni ordered for installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras along major highways, towns and cities all over the country to help curb crime.
Police would later announce that a total of 5,552 CCTV cameras are set to be installed in various places around the country with the Kampala Metropolitan districts of Wakiso, Kampala and Mukono taking a lion’s share with 3233 cameras on 1248 sites.
Currently, a temporary National Command Centre is housed at Nateete police station.
The newly installed CCTV cameras are of two types including the fixed and Pan Tilt Zoom(PTZ) cameras that rotates and views 360 degrees.
The camera also have a feature of automatic number plate recognition for reading number plates including those for motorcycles.
The CCTV cameras also have a facial recognition feature, night vision, Global Positioning System (GPS) and automatic cleaning system.
President Museveni recently predicted doom for criminals after the installation of CCTV cameras.
“We have been working systematically to resolve the issue of the artificial eyes in the cities, towns and highways and of improved forensic systems. This new year will see us close those gaps forever,”Museveni said.