The General Manager Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Engr. Olajide Oduyoye, has said that the newly unveiled body worn cameras (BODYCAM) for the Law Enforcement personnel in Lagos State is poised to enhance accountability and transparency.
He explained that the new body cameras will increase credibility and confidence in the delivering of effective traffic management and enforcement.
Oduyoye stated that the bodycam will authenticate traffic law violation reports or complaints by giving accurate validation of any tale rendered by both parties with pictorial evidence and subsequently allow transparency in investigation of complaints lodged by aggrieved motorists.
On the operation of the camera, the LASTMA General Manager assured that 70 per cent of LASTMA Officers are graduates, and so are capable of handling the device adding that the camera would have a significant effect on deviant behaviour on the road.
The Director Vehicle Inspection Service, Engr. Akin-George Fashola, while responding to the bodycam development also reiterated that the initiative is a win-win procedure for both the Law Enforcement Officers and Motorists as the regular arguments on traffic laws violation will be put to rest through detailed recordings.
While lauding Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his determination to solve traffic gridlock problems through the use of technology, Fashola also said that technological intervention like the body camera would ensure that accurate penalties are meted out timely through checks and balances devoid of human intervention.
The Head of the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI), Prince Oyekan Falade, who is charged with the responsibility of ensuring requisite training on the use of the Camera on his part disclosed that the Law Enforcement Officers in the State; LASTMA, Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS), Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) will be duly trained on the use of the body camera at the Institute as directed by the Governor of Lagos State.
According to him, a planned three – day training commencing soon, will be done in 26 batches to reduce large gatherings at the Institute.
Falade concurred that the cameras will enhance professionalism on the part of the Law Enforcement Personnel.
The LETI Head averred that the body worn cameras have been found to be efficient and effective in combating crimes.
“The Germany made cameras have been found to work effectively with the functions required by our State, Lagos, as those from the USA and China, haven’t met all peculiarity requirements.” he stated.
He also added that the cameras can work for 12 hours without a blink, as the battery life span is strong and durable for the use by the Law Enforcement Officers.