More police cameras will be installed across the island as the local team harnesses technology to improve operations

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SINGAPORE – Singapore will install more police cameras across the island over the next few years as the local team continues to use technology to improve operations.

Describing these cameras as a “game changer”, Home Secretary K. Shanmugam revealed on Monday (March 1) that they had helped solve more than 4,900 cases here last December.

Since 2012, nearly 90,000 police cameras have been installed in major public places, housing estates, neighborhood centers and car parks, he said during the Home Office budget debate (MHA ).

“Surveys have shown that people feel safer with the prominent placement of police cameras in their neighborhoods. Over the next few years, more cameras will be installed on the island,” he said. , adding that it will depend on the country’s fiscal situation.

In his speech, Mr. Shanmugam outlined various initiatives by Home Team agencies to harness technology as his labor needs increase.

He said the Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) has developed expertise in data centers and cloud-based technology, and will expand the scope of a security operations center that provides 24-hour protection. on 24 for systems and networks here.

He noted that the HTX will need to hire a few hundred scientists and engineers over the next few years, while the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) will need more ambulances and officers to cope with the number. increasing number of medical emergencies.

Police will also need to expand the deployment of their rapid response teams to busy patrol locations in Singapore, so they can respond quickly to armed terrorist attacks.

More investigators will also be needed due to the current high workload and increasingly complex cases.

Hiring more officers will help manage the amount of work, Mr Shanmugam said in response to Mr Murali Pillai (Bukit Batok). He added: “Police are currently undertaking an internal review of their systems, processes and structures so that investigators receive better support.”

The police and the Central Narcotics Bureau are also digitizing their investigation and case management systems, Mr Shanmugam said.

This involves automating and streamlining these systems so officers can access information and update cases on the go, saving them time on paperwork and administrative tasks.

The SCDF will make greater use of sensors and automation to aid in workforce management, operational response and decision making.

The new Punggol Fire Station, which is still under construction, will be the first of the force’s next-generation smart fire stations with these features.

To reduce the stigma of inmates in the community, the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) is developing a tracking device that looks like a digital watch to replace the current ankle tag.

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