Coimbatore: City police officers including assistant commissioners of police, inspectors and sub-inspectors will get GPS-enabled walkie-talkies enabled with GPS, within two months. Police officers can use the device like mobile phones. They can make and send text messages and call other numbers.
With the introduction of walkie-talkies enabled with GPS trackers, police personnel can no longer be discreet about their whereabouts or slack in their duty as their every movement can be monitored from the city police commissioner’s office.
A base station will be setup at the police control room which will receive signals from the GPS and trace the officer’s location. Telecom branch officials will use a digital map of Coimbatore city on which they will overlay the position data of the field officers and provide a positional map of the police force. The GPS device will be fixed on the police officers’ vehicles and patrol vehicles too.
If the control room receives emergency information from the public, it can immediately locate the nearest police vehicle and have the officer rush to the spot. This will help to drastically reduce response time too.
Coimbatore city police officers presently use walkie-talkies with VHF (Very High Frequency) for communication. These instruments do not allow senior officials to track the movements of their subordinates. Often, during night patrol, officers remained at home and there was no way of tracking their whereabouts. The new technology will allow top officers to trace the vehicle of subordinates on duty every four seconds with UHF (Ultra High Frequency).
A senior police officer opined that,”With the new system, police officers can no longer sit in the comfort of their homes and claim to be engaged in a strenuous law and order issue when their bosses call. The new device will help superiors identify the movement of their subordinates, and the possibility of lying about their whereabouts will not be viable.”
Usage of GPS by police force across Tamil Nadu
* Chennai city police are using the GPS technology for walkie-talkies and their police patrol vehicles also.
* Tirunelveli city police are using the GPS technology for their patrol vehicles only.
* Salem city police are using the GPS technology for walkie-talkies and patrol vehicles.
* Madurai city police are going to receive the GPS technology soon.