Auditors investigate CCTV bidding process

The Cayman Islands
Auditor General’s office confirmed Wednesday that it was looking into the
government bidding process used to select a security firm to install new
closed-circuit television public safety monitoring cameras.

“The auditor general has
commenced an audit of the bidding process,” said Audit Manager Martin Ruben.
“Work has already begun.”

Mr. Ruben said, as of
now, the audit of the CCTV bid process was a stand alone effort. However, he
said the office’s annual audit plan called for a wholesale review of
government’s bidding process and that the CCTV investigation might end up being
rolled into that effort.

Questions had been raised
privately about bidding for the CCTV work and the bid selection was somewhat
delayed. However, the government’s Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs
declined to answer Caymanian Compass questions about those issues on a number of
occasions. 

Several local firms bid
on the contract – which is expected to be worth somewhere between CI$2 million
and CI $4 million – earlier this year. The proposals sought a company that could
install more than 300 public surveillance cameras in areas around Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. 

The cameras are set up to
feed directly back to the 911 Emergency Communications Centre where they will be
monitored and recorded.

It is the first time such
a country-wide public surveillance system has been contemplated in the Cayman
Islands, although a number of private sector businesses have set up CCTV systems
on their own properties. The community of North Side has also set up its own
CCTV public surveillance system with donations from private interests. 

Sources have confirmed
the bid winner was The Security Centre, a local security company.

Please see more on this
story in upcoming editions of the Caymanian Compass…

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