The Alpha Project: National Security to acquire 10,000 cameras to fight crime Featured

By Business Desk January 27, 2020 1757 67 comments

Roughly 10,000 security cameras are expected to be procured for national security operatives under a nationwide surveillance programme – the Alpha Project – to fight crime.

Speaking with reporters, the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, said the move is among efforts aimed at reducing crime across the nation. He also gave his assurance that the government will continue to resource the Ghana Armed Forces in its quest to support the security services, especially along the country’s borders.

“We are working on the Alpha Project at the National Security so that we can have cameras all over the country,” the Defence Minister said. “We have this in almost every region, so that as crime is committed, they can monitor and rewind the CCTV to know what is happening. This is being worked on. Parliament just passed the loan, so we expect to have 10,000 cameras across the country [soon],” he told reporters.

First phase done

It will be recalled that last year Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia announced the government’s intention to procure 8,000 cameras, to be deployed across the country under measures to boost police crime-fighting operations.

“We have deployed about 1,000 cameras across the country with central monitoring centres in Accra, Tamale and Kumasi. The three centres will monitor all the 16 regions. So 1,000 cameras is just the first phase.

“The second phase will be a deployment of 8,000 additional cameras.

We want to have a situation where the police are helped very much in their fight against crime with real-time data, so that we see what is happening virtually everywhere we can. It really helps,” Dr Bawumia said.



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