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Budget 2013: Highlights Law & Order and National Security

Date: November 15, 2012
Domain:Law and Order
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS - Nov 15, 2012: The 2013 Budget underlines Government’s commitment to combat criminality, enhance security and keep the public safe. Heavy investment is being made in terms of sophisticated and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that the Police Force is properly resourced.

The key measures include:

• Provision for 600 additional policemen
• Extension of  CCTV to Beau Bassin, Rose Hill and the rest of Quatre Bornes
• Implementation by the Customs Department and the Police of a Drug Entry Interdiction program for better detection of drugs and border protection
• Purchase of rapid intervention crafts and boats by the National Coast Guard to enhance risk-profiling
• Introduction of a biometric passport and the upgrading of border control system to enhance security
•  Allocation of Rs 34 million to the Forensic Science Laboratory to allow it to comply fully with the DNA Identification Act and improve its processes
• Increase of licence fees for firearms from Rs 1 000 to Rs 5 000
• Completion of the Melrose prison by the end of 2013

Several projects have been implemented recently to combat criminality. These include: the implementation of the National Policing Strategic Framework; installation of the CCTV Street Surveillance System in Flic-en-Flac, parts of Quatre Bornes, Port Louis and Grand Baie. Modern techniques such as computer-assisted identification of suspects, video recording of interrogations, new fingerprint and body-fluids search tools are being used by the Police Force.

In addition to the implementation of the Crime Occurrence Tracking System as an effective tool in police investigation, a new Digital Radio Communication System with more than 3 000 terminals has also been commissioned. This system is being extended to cover Rodrigues and the Outer Islands.

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