President Benjamin Mkapa last week inaugurated in Dar es Salaam a new digital terrestrial trunked radio communication system for the police force designed to allow efficient crackdown on soaring crime in the country.

The inauguration of the TS2.7bn communication system complete with the state-of-the-art control room, took place at the Dar es Salaam Central Police Station, and was attended by senior police officers led by the Inspector General of Police, Omari Mahita.

He said the new communication equipment has a surveillance camera component which will make the trekking of criminals in urban centres by the force much easier. The other component included in the system is instant radio communication that ensures voice transmissions by the police are confidential.

Emergency calls, SMS and telephone interconnection functions necessary for specific talk groups in the force is build in the new system, making it unnecessary the use of other expensive means of telephone communication.

The Motorola Company Director of Communications System Operation, Mr Ron Landenberg, said Tanzania was the first country in East and West Africa to have acquired the equipment. Motorola has supplied and installed the new equipment.