Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla has said that the government aims to implement body cameras on Police Officers soon.
Minister Imran was questioned by MP for South Galolhu Mickail Ahmed Naseem at the parliament meeting today why the police are not using body cameras on duty and at volatile situations such as dispersing protests. The Minister replied that the Maldives Police Service is in the process of procuring body cameras and that the decision to use body cameras had already been made on a policy level. Moreover, the delay is due to the budget constraints of 2020, and the expenditure for the body camera procurement was included in the budget for this year.
A pilot program to procure 1,400 body cameras and based on the reliability of the equipment, the Tender Board was submitted a proposal for single-source procurement from a company in the USA, for the Axon brand body cameras. However, the Tender Board rejected the proposal on May 5.
There have been several complaints made regarding police brutality and other disciplinary issues over the years. Commissioner of Police, Mohamed Hameed has voiced his support for the use of body cameras while officers are on duty.