Private Owners of CCTV Respond to Security Ministry

Photo: Rudranath Fraser National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, emphasises a point while addressing the commissioning of a Cessna aeroplane for the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF), at the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre situated at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in Kingston on Friday, September 23. (FILE)

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  • Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is reporting that private owners of closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems are responding to his call to partner with the Ministry to detect crimes.
  • He said so far, eight private entities have signed on to the system, and that this will significantly aid in crime-fighting.
  • The Minister said when feeds are taken from the private systems, they are stored and monitored for the identification of facial recognition and motor-vehicle licence plates.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is reporting that private owners of closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems are responding to his call to partner with the Ministry to detect crimes.

The Minister, who was speaking at the handing over of a CCTV system at the Islington Police Station, in St. Mary, yesterday (December 7), said so far, eight private entities have signed on to the system, and that this will significantly aid in crime-fighting.

Mr. Montague said there is a move to rely more on scientific evidence for both the detection and prosecution of criminal cases, and work is taking place to add more CCTVs to the national system.

The Minister said when feeds are taken from the private systems, they are stored and monitored for the identification of facial recognition and motor-vehicle licence plates.

“This will make the country safer, while providing a space for partnership, and lessen the need to install the system all over the island. What we will be doing is utilising the feed from CCTV systems that are privately held,” Mr. Montague explained.

The Minister further added that the system installed at the Islington station will enhance the work of the police, and prevent persons from taking illegal items to the inmates that are housed there.

“The CCTV system will help to keep the station safe, keep the prisoners safe, and help to keep the men and women who serve here safe,” Mr. Montague said.

He also pointed out that the town centres that have the CCTV system will be networking to allow each to be able to view activities that are taking place in the areas where they are operating.

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