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Felix Baryamwisaki, the acting ICT Director Uganda Police Force, says the training will equip the officers with skills to monitor different cameras, facial recognition and number plate recognition.
21 Nov 2018 16:00
Police officers monitoring cameras at the Natete based CCTV temporary Command center
At least 1076 police officers who will be in charge of monitoring the National Closed Circuit Television Cameras-CCTV installed by police to boost security surveillance are undergoing training. The officers are being trained by Huwei in the Forensic building at Police headquarters in Naguru, a Kampala suburb.

Huwei was contracted to implement the National CCTV installation program. The officers were picked from different police stations, regions and the Directorate of Information and Communication Technology- ICT. The officers are being trained on different aspects of using and monitoring the cameras as well as archiving and retrieving footage. 

The cameras feeds are to be transmitted through cable to a specific server created bythe National Information Technology Authority – Uganda-NITAU. The footage will be accessible in real time at different police units under supervision of the Police divisions and police stations. At least Shillings 400 billion is required to construct the proposed command center where all the cameras will be monitored from.

The contractor is currently setting up temporary command centers at Natete Police Building, the Central Police Station building and Naguru Police headquarters. Felix Baryamwisaki, the acting ICT Director Uganda Police Force, says the training will equip the officers with skills to monitor different cameras, facial recognition and number plate recognition. 

"The training is ongoing to teach the people who will be monitoring the CCTV cameras what they are supposed to do and how to do it," Baryamwisaki told URN. So far 664 cameras have been installed in Natete, Old Kampala, Wandegeya, Katwe, Mulago and the Central Business Division. Trenching is still ongoing in Nakawa, Kajansi, Portbell Luziea, Nansana and Kawempe.

3233 Cameras are to be installed in Kampala Metropolitan Policing area that covers Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono District under the first phase of the project, which will cost Shillings 60billion and runs between June 2018 and June 2019. The project will also cover 1300 Kilometers of land trenches.

The second phase of the project, which will start in June 2019, will be for trenching, networking and installing Cameras on highways, Municipalities and small towns across the Country. Police is also in the process of talking with proprietors of commercial places like arcades, shopping malls and hotels to allow the Directorate of ICT tap into their CCTV cameras and be able to link them into the National CCTV project.

Government has been pushing for the implementation of the National CCTV project since the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi was gunned down in Kulambiro, Kisaasi a few metres from his home March 2017 together with his driver, Geoffrey Wambewo and bodyguard, Kenneth Erau.

President Museveni ordered police to set up CCTVs cross the country. The project which is expected to cost Shillings 458billion began to see light in June 2018 when Huawei was contracted and Finance Ministry released Shillings 60 billion for implementation of the first phase of the project.