THE JMPD thinks the days of protesters getting away with damaging infrastructure or looting are over.
That’s because the City of Johannesburg has new eyes on the ground to beef up the powers of the Metro police.
Mayor Parks Tau yesterday unveiled the city’s first specialist policing vehicles. They come with a price tag of over R27 million and they are fitted with special equipment from bumper to bumper.
The vehicles – two riot control unit cars and four command centre vehicles – contain state of the art equipment and will allegedly boost efforts to fight crime in the city.
Speaking at the launch at the Joburg Metro cops’ headquarters in Martindale, Tau said the vehicles will start operating immediately.
With the latest advanced camera technology installed in all the vehicles, Tau claimed they will be able to identify culprits during riots.
“It’s important for our police to identify individuals who cause disturbances in riots. It will also ease the workload of police and help with the process of conviction,” said Tau.
The riot control unit vehicles boast thermal imaging cameras with a range of 200 metres, public address systems and rotating police lights with a 200 metre reach, as well as equipment in front to remove obstacles.
The mobile command units contain computers and cameras and will serve as on-site mobile command zones in the event of fires, floods and disasters.