Cape Town’s law enforcement is taking a significant step towards enhancing safety in the city. Roughly 800 officers will be equipped with body cameras, and 300 patrol vehicles will be fitted with dashboard cameras.
This initiative represents a pioneering move in South Africa and is part of Cape Town’s R860 million investment in safety technology over the next three years.
The introduction of these cameras aims to improve crime-fighting efforts by providing evidence-based policing. Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Mayoral Committee Member JP Smith unveiled this technology, emphasizing that advanced technology is essential for ensuring Cape Town’s safety.
The body-worn cameras and dashboard cameras are expected to enhance situational awareness, strengthen the quality of evidence collection, and increase trust and accountability in the law enforcement division. All interactions with the public will now be recorded, contributing to transparency.
The dashboard cameras will feature number plate recognition technology, assisting officers in identifying wanted vehicles and individuals with outstanding arrest warrants. Cape Town’s comprehensive safety technology investment includes CCTV, aerial surveillance, drones, gunshot location technology, license plate recognition, digital coordination systems, radio and communication upgrades, and IT enhancements.
The rollout of in-vehicle camera solutions will enable officers to record incidents as they occur and stream live video to control rooms, improving situational awareness during critical events.
This technology promises to have a significant impact on the legal process. With additional video evidence, courts can make quicker and more informed decisions, ultimately enhancing the prosecution process and increasing the conviction rate. This tech-driven approach is expected to make Cape Town safer by leveraging modern tools to fight crime and improve law enforcement efficiency.