SINGAPORE – Tracking criminals using surveillance cameras now works like Google search.
Police investigators enter general details of their targets, such as their dress, and video analysis software scours its records to identify people on camera who might fit the case.
Dubbed PolCam 2.0, the technology caught 15 wanted people – some of whom had eluded authorities for up to two years – between September and December last year.
“Besides the dress code, the system can detect anomalies such as sudden crowds or fights of people, to help speed up research when reading incidents,” said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Kenneth Nge, 51, Deputy Director of the Police Operating Systems Division.
“It has helped us solve crimes faster, whereas in the past it took us thousands of hours to complete the process manually.”
He and his teammate Ms. Goh Siew Lee, the Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) project program manager, oversaw the deployment of some 10,500 PolCam 2.0 surveillance cameras in public spaces as part of a launch target of 200,000 units. by 2030.
Ms Goh said, “Whenever we see a crime solved, we feel a sense of accomplishment. This award is a great encouragement to us.
The project is one of six recipients of the Home Team Achievement Award, presented at the Home Team Minister’s (MHA) award ceremony on Thursday, October 28.
Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who highlighted the project in his opening speech, said: “This PolCam project has improved our meaning-making abilities and reduced the time it takes to search for people. sought.
He added that authorities will use the technology to detect drug addicts and inmates from community monitoring programs who have fled.
A total of 194 awards were presented at the ceremony to recognize outstanding officers, teams and agencies for their work in operations and projects with MHA.
Central Narcotics Bureau intelligence officer Gerald Tong, 34, received the Operational Excellence award for investigating drug traffickers who allegedly used drones to smuggle drugs through the canal Singapore-Johor Baru in June 2020.
Some $ 44,000 worth of drugs were seized and four Singaporeans were arrested.
“(A drone) was not the unions’ traditional mode of operation, so it was surprising how they tried to bypass border security,” Officer Tong said. “Thanks to the quick action and the tenacity of the team, this was a huge blow to the union.”
Yellow Ribbon senior career specialist Tan Irene, 31, received the same award for her persistence in finding jobs for ex-offenders, although she was unable to meet them in person during the breaker of the l ‘last year.
In less than two months, his team had moved the interview process online and, to his surprise, they were able to find jobs for even more inmates thanks to the time savings and greater flexibility of working online. .
Ms. Tan said, “I am always very happy for ex-offenders when I see them matched with jobs, which keeps me going.”