Garda checkpoint earlier this month; Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan
In the Business Post…
Aiden Corkery reported that An Garda Síochána are looking into using drones as part of their work. Mr Corkery reported:
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said that a working group within the force has begun studying how it could use drones in a variety of roles such as crime scene mapping, evidence collection, traffic management, investigation of collisions, public order policing, crowd control, search and rescue operations and frontline unit support.
…The Minister’s comments were in response to a parliamentary question from Jim O’Callaghan, Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman, who said it was surprising that the force was not already using drones.
“The use of drones would be very helpful in certain police work such as mapping crime scenes and securing evidence arising from fatal collisions on our roads,” O’Callaghan told the Business Post.
“The minister and Gardaí should expedite the use of drones in certain types of police work so that the latest technological advancements are available to the Gardaí in their ongoing efforts to protect the public.”
Meanwhile, also yesterday in the Business Post…
Further to a report in March by Sean Finnan in the Dublin Inquirer about the installation of Hikvision CCTV with facial recognition technology at Bluebell Community Centre in Inchicore by Dublin City Council…
Peter O’Dwyer reported that Dublin City Council will no longer use Hikvision cameras:
The council confirmed that it had not installed Hikvision cameras at any other locations in the city, nor did it intend to do so going forward.
“Hikvision cameras were not installed in any other projects, only conventional CCTV cameras. DCC does not propose to use Hikvision cameras [at any other location],” the spokeswoman said.
It’s not yet clear if the new National Children’s Hospital will use the technology that has now been dropped by Dublin City Council.
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