National Security Minister Victor Lacobiniere said that his ministry has placed a request with the Ministry of Finance for financial support to assist with fixing the failing CCTV system.
Lacobiniere has described the system as a “bad investment” and said that his office continues to receive reports of these cameras going down in various parts of the city.
The US$3 million investment made by the then Stephenson King administration is aimed at fighting crime, which Lacobiniere admits has and may continue to be a major help for police.
“We have asked the Ministry of Finance to give us an allocation to give us an opportunity to treat this in a more comprehensive way because the camera system is going down as much as we do to keep it up. We are aware that there are significant problems with that system,” he explained.
The minister remains hopeful that the request will be met, but noted that the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr. Kenny Anthony will have to decide whether it is necessary to invest in this area at this point.
“The Prime Minister has to prioritize in so many fronts. It’s too early to indicate whether we have got or will get this amount. The Prime Minister at the appropriate time will make these announcements,” he added.
Lacobiniere said if that request fails, his ministry will continue to take short term measures to keep the system afloat.