KUALA LUMPUR: The number of undesirable incidents within the detention cells has dropped since the implementation of new Self-Monitoring Analytics Reporting Technology for Lock-ups (Smart Lokap) was launched.
Deputy Inspector-General Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the police could act in time as the system could detect any unusual movement.
"We have detected incidents earlier, and the system can also analyse aggressive actions and other attempts by detainees to escape," said Noor Rashid after Smart Lokap's launch here, Thursday.
With cameras monitoring the lock-up, he said the system gave a picture of the lock-up's interior.
"Usually when custodial deaths occur, people attribute this to police brutality, but with footage, it's good for both the police because this is evidence in court, and also good for detainees in lock-ups," he added.
The police will also begin applying for allocations to implement the Smart Lokap this year, with priority for larger stations.
Smart Lokap was officially handed over to the police, with Noor Rashid taking charge of the system from Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (Mosti)'s Secretary-General Datuk Seri Mohd Azhar Yahaya.
This was part of the five-day National Innovation and Creative Economy (Nice) Expo at Bukit Jalil's Technology Park, launched by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Science Technology and Innovation (Mosti) Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
Previously, The Star reported on Smart Lokap's implementation back in mid-2016, a collaboration between the police, Mosti's research arm Mimos Berhad, with input from Suhakam.
The system was outfitted in 57 police lock-ups in the Klang Valley for a sum of RM3.5mil.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim was also in attendance at the launch.