If we're going to use data in crime fight, use it properly!Tuesday, June 08, 2021
Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang, in June 2020, said that “significant investment is being made in the acquisition of modern technology and the upgrading of physical infrastructure”, within the nation's police force. He reiterated that the Government was trying “to modernise the force” and that “cars are being equipped with computers, which will provide the police with ready access to data to assist crime-fighting while on patrol”. ( JIS June 7, 2020)
While we welcome the application of data into useful crime-fighting insights and intelligence, the Government of Jamaica has a history of introducing technologies without the requisite manpower to ensure viability and success outcomes.
We must, therefore, ensure that training in analytical technologies is a part of the curricula at the nation's police training institution.
A truly forward-thinking police force, with predictive analytics, includes analysis of historical data trends that are used to better inform daily operational decisions, and enables a step-change within policing. This can only happen through accessing training in automation and full integration of data analytics into police operations. As such, it is an opportune time to, hopefully, exploit expertise from the University of Technology, Jamaica, or companies such as INCUS Services Limited, or others, within our Caricom neighbours, with artificial intelligence, analytical and automation training and solutions.
Let us ensure that our investments for a better, smarter, technologically intelligence-driven police force are supported through equipped police stations with properly trained human personnel and that the required data is available and accessible and presented in a format that our officers can use effectively.
Dudley C McLean II
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