Hi-Tech approach with surveillance cameras (24X7) to enhance capacity of civilian policing
Co-ordination with all security authorities to update them with on-line findings at it zero time for quick response.
By the year 2005, LTTE terrorists were operating even in SL Government controlled areas, attacking Civilians, Government Institutions, Economic and Public Key Points disrupting Civilian lives and creating a general psychosis among the public, restricting the free movement and the day to day business of the public and also disrupting the schooling of children in many cities of the country with suicide bomb attacks and at times with military like operations against key government and economic installations
Public was hesitant to travel on public roads and visit Govt. offices for fear of these attacks, while terrorists operated in the cities and its suburbs with its well planted operators who mostly infiltrated the society during the previous “Peace Accord” and downing thereof of all the security check points in and around cities in the country. Terrorists even obtained lists of possible informants against them and went on a spree of a manhunt to track down and destroy all these informants, thereby leaving no other option for the government or the Police but to check, search, and arrest all possible suspected terrorist activists and detain them for thorough screening.
The terrorists' tactics was to disrupt civilian life in Colombo and other main cities of the country and get the Government to deploy security forces elsewhere other than in the North and the East of the country, thereby reducing the possible SF presence in the North and the East for an offensive. Colombo has a large resident population and also commuters in to the city for business and other activities, and being the main business hub for Sri Lanka which has faced a series of bomb attacks and covert terrorist attacks including one air attack since early 1987 to mid 2009, while the country’s security forces were engaged on a humanitarian operation to crush down the Tamil Tiger terrorists, in the North and the East of the country.
Humanitarian operations were successfully concluded by mid March, 2009 for release of hostage civilians in the North and the East of the island by the Security Forces.
Although the Terrorists and its network operating within the Island were totally annihilated, some parasitic elements praying on civilians else ware in the Island, who prospered by occupying the vacuum left by the terrorists in scenario created by the them still remained in the society, mainly operating in the cities, especially in Colombo in the form of organized criminal gangs. They resort to armed robbery, dealing in narcotics, human trafficking, and mainly, extortion, blackmail, and generally disrupt the peaceful existence of the civilian population.
The need has arisen to check for offensive weapons abundant in the country after a long period of terrorist activities and this necessitates random body, baggage and vehicle searches, thereby intruding on the privacy of the innocent public. Remote observation of public places will obviate or reduce need for such operations, enhancing safeguarding of privacy of the public.
Thence the requirement for building security in the community with minimal intrusion into the privacy of the public after the humanitarian operations emerged as a priority requirement of the society.
With a view to this, the Secretary Defense, Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa declared open the Sri Lanka Police Closed Circuit Television Cameras System (CCTV) on December 21, 2010. This Division of the Police operates under a Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police and a Deputy Inspector General of Police.
The 105 closed circuit cameras installed at main intersections in the Colombo City continuously transmit images and can be viewed at the control room on 28 LCD screens. Moreover, the unit is capable of storing images for several days. These surveillance cameras will be used for "National Security Purposes," as well as for the City traffic management that has a daily average of over 200,000 vehicles in to the City of Colombo.
Whilst the Police enforce strict vigilance over Colombo to curtail activities of criminal elements, to arrest suspects and detain them, Sri Lanka’s Police believe that the new Colombo Surveillance Camera System will be able to check movements and aid identification of criminals, and to review crime scenes.
University of Moratuwa as consultants, Sri Lanka Telecom, The Ceylon Electricity Board, Metropolitan office (Pvt) Ltd and the Colombo Municipal Council have been the stakeholders for the Police Department to complete the project.
This Division has been connected with Police Central Communication Network.
The role and responsibilities of the CCTV Division
- Obtaining live video Surveillance images.
- Aiding in Traffic Detection and Management.
- Aiding in Public Security Safety –to- propagate the Colombo city as the safest and secure place.
- Aiding in Crime Detection, prevention & Inquiries
- To provide integrated support to help ensure an effective and immediate Police response in any emergency situations.
- Prevent and reduce crime.
- Reduce public fear of crime.
- Promote public awareness on how to enhance their personal safety.
- Remote observation of scenes and direct police actions by supervisors.
- To provide strong policing measures against theft and vandalism of Government and public assets & possessions.
- Disaster Management to participate in community safety and security among the police and other agencies.
- Providing Training pertaining to CCTV technological system.
- Providing consultation services on CCTV systems and Technologies
|General||+94 11 2334874|
|Emergency||+94 11 2334446|
|Deputy Inspector General of Police
(Information Technology & CCTV)
|+94 11 2423946|
|Director (CCTV)||+94 11 2334229|
|ASP (CCTV)||+94 11 2335821|
|OIC (CCTV)||+94 11 2333389|
Police CCTV Division, 6th Floor, No.331, Central Welfare Building, Olcott Mawatha, Colombo-11, Sri Lanka