The Department of Immigration was outfitted on new state of the art equipment aimed at assisting Immigration Officers with better carrying out their duties. Immigration Director Clarence Russell said the equipment, which includes body cams, dash cams, and two-way radios – will ensure the safety of the officers while carrying out their duties and also protect the integrity of the department.
The body cams record approximately 12 hours of footage and are tamper proof meaning officers can not erase the information once it is recorded. The equipment was given to the department on a trial basis. It will be tested for 21 days, after which the government will decide whether or not they will purchase them.
The department is also hoping to acquire a new piece of technology that will attach to an officer’s gun holster and sends a live feed to the command center every time the officer withdraws his weapon.
Director Russell would not confirm the cost of the equipment but said “it is reasonable and competitive”.