Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday approved the wearing of body cameras by officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA); Vehicles Inspection Service, (VIS) officers and others for law enforcement.
The governor approved a mass training for the State’s law enforcement personnel on the use of body-worn cameras, ahead of the deployment of the digital tools for security operations across the State.
Sanwo-Olu said the move would improve transparency and accountability in the activities of law enforcement agencies, and put the State Government in a better position to respond to security challenges in real-time.
Sanwo-Olu said the launch of the body-worn cameras would take the government a step closer towards fulfilling its security agenda, stressing that the introduction of devices to frontline security teams and officers would enhance their productivity and professionalism, while also fast-tracking the law enforcement process.
The cameras, the governor pointed out, will help the state government check abuse of power and excesses by security personnel, while also improving the safety and accountability of officers, who will use the devices for evidence sharing and intelligence gathering.
Provision of adequate security, the governor said, is a key pillar of his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda, stressing that the initiative reflected his government’s resolution to ensure Lagos remained secure for residents and investors.