Maldives Police Service introduces body worn cameras to police officers across GMR, Addu
The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has introduced body worn cameras for officers throughout the Greater Malé Region and the southernmost city of Addu.
The body-worn cameras were unveiled during a special ceremony by Minister of Environment and Technology Aminath Shauna at Iskandhar Koshi on Sunday.
The program was launched in 2019 at the initiative of Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed to bring technological advances to the police institution.
The institution also conducted a pilot training program on the use of body cameras by the force in 2019. A technology test was also conducted, with front-line officers wearing the devices. It took two years for the devices to be officially introduced to the police force.
The introduction of the devices to the Maldives Police Force means that the institution has reached new technological heights to ensure the protection of the Maldivian population.
As predicted by the Police Commissioner, the deployment of the devices is expected to further empower and advance police forces and reduce public criticism of police misconduct in public communications. This is also intended to increase public confidence in MPS.
During his presidency address at the opening session of the People’s Machine on February 3, 2022, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih gave assurances that police officers in the field would begin using body-worn cameras within a month.
Noting that a modern policing philosophy is currently in effect to further strengthen the policing institution and hold it accountable, the President announced that officers on the ground will begin using body cameras by February 2022.
He explained that the government’s goal is to increase public confidence in the Police Institute and they have always worked tirelessly to protect Maldives’ property and life.