FRSC deploys body cameras to curb misconduct, improve operations

The Federal Road Safety Corps has deployed body cameras on its personnel as a way of checking misconduct and curbing graft.

Speaking while unveiling the technology in Abuja on Thursday, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the operation monitoring and control platform which was also unveiled alongside the body cameras would contribute significantly to improving the agency’s operations.

He said, “This platform will embrace the ethical imperatives of eliminating misconducts both on the part of the operatives and motorists.

“It will considerably reduce the incentive to infringe on traffic laws and regulations due to perceived weak enforcement and likelihood of escaping arrest.

“It will assist to improve on road safety management generally with better personnel disposition, among others.”

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The FRSC boss added that the agency recorded the highest cases of assaults on its personnel in 2019, but has not recorded such since the test-running of the platform began in parts of the country.

He also said the implementation of the platform would be in phases, adding that the agency has a target of three years for all its patrol teams nationwide to start wearing body cameras.

“This is phase one which is in FCT, Abuja. Cameras will be deployed to Lagos and Asaba for end-of-the-year patrol operations as well. This will also help to control the behaviour of officers and conduct of the public, ” he added.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services Offices, Nnamdi Mbaeri, noted that the development would strengthen road safety management.

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