The Salvadoran Police Will Invest $15 Million Dollars in Modernizing the 911 Emergency System
By Dialogo August 19, 2011
The Salvadoran National Civil Police (PNC) will invest up to $15 million dollars in modernizing its 911 emergency response system, and as part of this process of technological improvement, it has inaugurated a video surveillance system in various locations in the capital, San Salvador, according to official information from the police agency.
According to the PNC’s general director, Commissioner Carlos Ascencio, “the video surveillance system seeks to respond to citizens with regard to public safety in the city’s historic center and the San Salvador metropolitan area.”
The equipment is valued at approximately $2 million dollars, an investment made possible by the cooperation of friendly countries, in this case South Korea, the PNC confirmed.
In the same way, the police added, the South Koreans are providing technical training to Salvadoran police officers in operating the system.
For Commissioner Ascencio, this technological tool “will benefit the work being done by the National Civil Police and will raise its quality in the San Salvador metropolitan area.”
The first-generation technology includes a system of video cameras with special antennas that transmit the images in real time, directly to a monitoring center that will be located at the headquarters of the PNC’s 911 emergency system.
The police expect that this innovative technological tool will began formal operation starting in September.
As the police commissioner explained, with the 911 modernization and the system of surveillance cameras in place, police officers will be able to respond to citizens immediately, wherever they are needed.