Dames: RFP for police body cams completed and awaiting Cabinet’s approval

Dames: RFP for police body cams completed and awaiting Cabinet’s approval

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The request for proposal, which will equip officers of The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) with body cams has been completed, according to Minister of National Security Marvin Dames.

He said that the RFP is currently awaiting Cabinet’s approval.

“We are looking certainly before the end of the first quarter in 2019; should have a good idea as to who will be providing us with the body cam services,” Dames said after the opening ceremony of a drug strategy seminar at Breezes Hotel.

Dames initially announced plans for the ministry to implement body cams back in June of last year.

He also mentioned that the officers would be wearing the body cams by June 2019.

Yesterday, when asked again how soon officers would begin wearing those cams, Dames told media, “You should see police officers wearing them hopefully within the next three or four months.”

Dames also added that the RBPF is moving to implement more modern-day technology, beginning with the ShotSpotter program, closed-circuit television, drones, and the soon-to-be-implemented body cams.

He said that the ministry is taking a multi-agency approach and will acquire technology to span the agency.

“If you look at the drone program, for example, it’s a multi-agency program so it’s the police, defence force and immigration.

“It’s correction [facilities] and so we will use this technology to make all of our law enforcement agencies work easier,” Dames said.