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CCTV cameras were not set up to help Police respond to crimes as they are happening – Luncheon

shot0001The Government’s Chief spokesman Dr. Roger Luncheon was in full defence mode today regarding the footage captured by those CCTV cameras and the access the Police has to the footage.

On Wednesday Crime Chief Seelall Persaud announced that the Police are not the ones who keep their eyes on the what is happening round the city as captured by camera set at various points. That footage is captured from the Central Intelligence Centre and the Crime Chief said to get it, he must first put in a request.

Dr. Luncheon said that that intelligence gathering is not the province of the Police, and in fact the footage captured and stored at the Central Intelligence Agency and is accessible to the Police. Luncheon said that cameras were not set up so that the Police can see what is happening in real time and respond to crimes as they happen.

As to when the Police would be able to look at what is being captured by the cameras and have rapid response units at strategic points to go into action as crimes are being committed, this was Luncheon’s response.

The Central Intelligence Centre, where the footage is being captured, is being manned mainly by the Office of the President, with some staffing coming from the Police and Army whose officers were seconded to help run the agency.

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