In a bid to combat crime on the country’s streets, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has announced that they will introduce body cameras for their officers.
According to BusinessTech SA, this is not the first piece of wearable technology that will be introduced among South African police officers, as the Johannesburg Police Department (JMPD) introduced body lights in March, which closely resemble the sirens attached to emergency vehicles.
“Body cameras will be used as but not limited to a safety measure to protect our men and women in blue operations, they will also be used for data capturing as the world is moving in the direction of the 4th Industrial Revolution and to advance policing,” said an unnamed SAPS spokesperson.
The spokesperson added that body cameras top SAPS’ agenda, although no implementation date has been set as the department awaits more information on funding.
It is good to see that state departments are also trying to do their part in implementing technology and also move forward with 4th Industrial Revolution.
The only thought on our minds though is when the cameras finally come into effect will they not be reported as non-functioning when evidence is needed against the same police officers using them.
For now we will have to wait and see how and when this programme will be implemented.