The Department of Public Safety has installed high-technology surveillance cameras at its main facilities in Susupe as part of DPS Commissioner James C. Deleon Guerrero’s security enhancement program.
As of yesterday, two surveillance cameras were already in place and 14 more will be installed once all ongoing renovations are completed.
G4S Security Services donated the cameras.
The camera itself is a digital video recording that allows the police to remotely view it from a cell phone if they have Internet connection, according to G4S Marianas country manager Chris Garde.
“It also has the capability for 90 days recording as well as zooming capability,” Garde told Saipan Tribune.
If there is any problem or complaint, DPS will have records of what is happening both inside and outside the facilities, Garde said.
He said they’re installing eight of the 16 cameras first because DPS has been renovating the buildings.
DPS Commissioner Deleon Guerrero told Saipan Tribune yesterday that with the recent problem concerning the evidence facility, he would like to assign some of those cameras at the evidence unit.
With the camera, Deleon Guerrero said, they can see who is entering the facility and at what time.
“Those are the things that we’re currently reviewing and I will be implementing as part of the enhanced security measures at the evidence facility,” he said.
As for the ongoing renovations, the DPS chief said that some of the DPS buildings were built in the 1950’s and its main two-story building was built in early 1990’s.
“What I’m trying to do is to modify as much as I can so it addresses the security issues,” he said.
Deleon Guerrero said there is going to be an entry point at the front of the main building and a fence will be built around the Susupe compound.
“There’s going to be areas where employees will be the only ones that will be able to access and there’s going to be areas [that] the public can access,” he disclosed.