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LASG introduces body cameras for law enforcement officers

Governor Sanwo-Olu demonstrating the use of body cameras

As part of efforts to ensure professionalism and check incessant attacks on law enforcement officers in Lagos, the State Government has announced the commencement of training for personnel of security agencies in the use of newly procured body-worn cameras.

The three-day training, which will commence in May, will be facilitated by the State’s Law Enforcement Training Institute, LETI, and all State-funded law enforcement officers will be commissioned to wear body cameras for their operations after the training.

Inaugurating the body cameras in Alausa Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that they would promote transparency and accountability among law enforcement officials while also helping the State Government to check abuse of power and excesses by security personnel and enhance evidence sharing and intelligence gathering.

“I am hopeful that all officers will optimise the cameras that will be assigned to them for the furtherance of justice and improvement of the law enforcement process. Our Government will continue to prioritise the welfare of our law enforcement officers whose pivotal efforts we acknowledge in the entrenchment of a safe city,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said

He urged the police and other security agencies under the Federal Government to emulate Lagos State to stem the tide of crime across the country.

“The security challenges in different parts of the country are worrisome, but with proactive action, the use of modern technological tools, and a mix of well-trained and intelligent officers, we will successfully combat many of these challenges. With body-worn cameras, our law enforcement officers are better equipped to protect lives and properties, thereby, making Lagos safer for us all.” The Governor said.

Governor Sanwo-Olu and some law enforcement officers wearing the body cams

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice; Ms. Kadijat Shitta-Bey said the cameras would enhance administration of justice and provide digital evidence of events to establish wrongdoing in cases where security agents are so accused.

The Head of the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute, LETI, Prince Falade Oyekan while conducting a physical demonstration of the functionality of the body cameras on the Governor, expressed his gratitude that his proposal for the use of the cameras would open a new vista in surveillance and crime fighting in Lagos.

The event was attended by the Chief of Staff to the Governor; Mr. Toyin Ayinde, LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Olajide Oduyoye, and heads of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Vehicle Inspection Services, and other state-owned security agencies.

Omolara Omosanya

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