Police Records Management Information System Launch
Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 18, 2019 (ZIZ News): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) collaborated with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to launch the Police Records Management Information System at the Police Training School on Wednesday.
The program was initiated by the UNDP under the CariSecure project with funding from USAID and it’s intended to improve the decision making process in Caribbean justice system institutions as it transitions from a paper–based to a digitized data process.
UNDP Resident Representative, Magdy Martinez-Soliman said that the current methods being used by the police force to collect and store records are obsolete noting that this new system can be of benefit to St. Kitts and Nevis in the fight against crime and violence.
“Crime fighting in St. Kitts and Nevis can benefit from a more robust and efficient system for collecting, storing, managing and analyzing crime statistics and sharing them with others.”
Mission Director of USAID, Clinton White explained the benefits of using the new information system.
“It will provide officers with the ability to generate victim and offender profiling which would assist with a faster police response and effective based decisions for example crime mapping. The digital crime information system will also foster quicker retrieval of crime data within seconds, though the use of system wide search, this will reduce the time required, currently it takes over a week to provide senior police officials or ministry personnel with crime data for reporting and decision making purposes.”
Speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Osmond Petty explains how the PRMI system will be integrated in the Police Force.
“Equipment and software that is to be handed over as part of this project includes the donation made by UNDP of computers, printers, servers and switches and the PRMIS will be used in the pilot phase as we have heard in Frigate Bay, Stapleton and Cotton Ground in Nevis and will input reports made to these stations into the database system to test and develop it to meet all of our requirements.”
He also stated that the PRMI system will be used by trained officers at the pilot stations. After the system is fully developed over the next 3 to 6 months there will be an island wide roll out for all other departments and stations of the St. Kitts and Nevis police force.