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Police laud local invention to curb crime

19 September 2013, 12:28

Nairobi - An invention by a local scientist could be the breakthrough police have been waiting for to combat rising crime levels in the country.

Amos Njeru, a scientist in the Neuro Research Department, has invented an electronic crime detection gadget that he believes will aid police response to distressed callers in accident, crime and other emergency scenes.

The innovation is modeled on natural super intellect and communication of the human brain cells.

“It will give the police particulars of individuals who call their hot lines with their immediate location,” the 35-year-old said.

He further added that the technology has intertwined the three components in combating crime that include the screening via local, e-mobile caller, national and the international data banks.

It is hopes the invention would enable the police and the public to arrive at the scene earlier enough to assist those in need of help since it will be easier for them to trace the caller’s exact location unlike before when it was impossible to trace the individual in case they  failed to state the location.

Quick response by the security and the public will also facilitate apprehension of criminals at the scene before they plan their escape.

Njeru pointed out that by using the innovation, community policing could deploy neighborhood mobilization through message broadcast in response to a crime before police arrival. The efficiency of the innovation, he said, is facilitated by the use and access of mobile phone technology hitting the mark of more than 30 million subscribers.

The Kenya National Police Service has approved the innovation after conducting several tests on its viability, practicality, and verification.

“The office of the Inspector General of Police David Kimayo has given the invention a clean bill of health,” said Njeru.

The inventor cited financial constraints as the major reason stalling the application of the technology.

He pointed out that the invention should not be viewed as shifting police responsibility but rather a means of creating synergy between the law enforcers and the public.

It remains to be seen if government will adopt the technology considering it has been giving little consideration to local innovations in the past.

– CAJ News


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