TN police to be equipped with drones, body cameras & more

The Tamil Nadu police will soon buy body-worn cameras and drones for maintaining law and order. An announcement in this regard was made by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, during the discussion on demands for grants for police and fire and rescue services department.

He said the government is in the process of setting up the fourth Police Commission to look into issues faced by police personnel. He said the DGP had sent a proposal to constitute the Commission.

The government was taking steps to identify land for implementing the “Own Your House” scheme for the police personnel in the remaining districts that were not covered by the scheme, the Chief Minister said.

Body-worn cameras for policemen and drones for police and fire service personnel would be procured as part of measures to further improve effective policing and rescue initiatives in Tamil Nadu, the CM said.

Stating that 20 law and order units in cities and districts would get 10 body-worn cameras each at a cost of Rs 1 crore, he said police commissionerates and ranges would be provided 16 drones at a cost of Rs 38 lakh.

He added that for aerial surveys of fire accidents and rescue services, 50 drones will be procured at a cost of Rs 1 crore. Protective gear would be provided to 1,500 fire personnel at a cost of Rs 8.54 crore, he added.

Fourteen new fire stations would come up in Coimbatore, Erode, Namakkal, Chennai, Kancheepuram, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Tiruchi, Nagapattinam, Villupuram, Madurai and Salem districts, he said.