14 out of the total number of devices ended up in Chisinau International Airport which registers daily huge flows of persons. Before the procurement of the respective cameras, there were a lot of disagreements between the passengers and the employees, in majority of cases because passengers were trying to take prohibited substances on the airplanes – such as liquids in recipients over 100 milliliters.
“Sometimes travelers want to transport honey in jars of 1 liter for their relatives from abroad. Although we tell them that they may leave the prohibited things with the persons that are accompanying them to the airport, still conflicts arise in some cases,” says Chiril Drozdovschi, Head of the Management and Planning Service, Border Police Sector, Chisinau International Airport.
If before passengers would file about 8-9 complains every month, now they register maximum 1-2 complaints.
“The video cameras make accountable both the passengers and employees. Travelers become calmer and avoid conflict situations. Previously the review of a complaint would last for a long period of time, as we did not have evidence to show the conduct of our employees in different conflict situations,” mentions Chiril Drozdovschi.
Other ten video cameras were distributed to Palanca Border Crossing Point. The equipment is used by the employees ensuring the travelers’ and vehicles’ control, as well as by intervention groups.
“We use them on permanent basis. The camera is on, the person is informed that she/he is being recorded. And this is like a psychological impediment for persons who intend doing illegal things”, states Denis Mitrea, head of Palanca Border Crossing Point.
“This is an international practice”
According to Nicolae Plecan, Specialist of the Assistance Projects Section under the General Border Police Inspectorate, the procurement of portable video cameras for Police was carried out in line with international practices: “These devices are very efficient in fighting corruption, as well as in conflicts between travelers and employees.”