By September 30, 2020, nine stations at the Royal Barbados Police Force were piloting the Police Reporting Management Information System (PRMIS), developed under the CariSECURE project. Senior Police Officials are adamant that roll-out will continue to expand to all twelve stations in the coming months. Initially, the software was piloted at the Hastings Police Station and District 'E' Police Station in Speightstown.  In the same month, USAID’s Clinton White alongside Commissioner Tyrone Griffith got a first-hand demonstration of how the system was being used.  .   This effort will be bolstered with continuous in-house training to ensure police staff at all stations, departments and units that receive calls from the public, and crime reports are competent and proficient in using the crime data software.

The journey to have the system running at nine stations was no easy feat says CariSECURE’s Team Leader John Walcott.  He explained, “There were a number of challenges we had to work through with the Police Force and their IT departments.  For example, adjustments had to be made to the speed of the computer systems at some stations, the platform’s connectivity needed to be expanded and improved, dedicated data entry staff at police stations had to be assigned; and most importantly we needed to ensure that the crime data was being accurately entered in the system timely and on a daily basis.” The CariSECURE team supported by its Readiness Manager stood side by side with the Police Commissioner and his team to lend the technical support to overcome these obstacles and so far has been a resounding success.

 

Once the IT and technical component of the pilot was under control CariSECURE focussed on educating senior police officers on how to use this new system and process for recording crime so they could effectively manage and ensure continuity within their divisions. To date, training was successfully delivered to forty-seven Constables, thirty-four Sergeants, eleven Station Sergeants, ten Inspectors, six Gazetted officers and two Divisional Commanders from a total of nine police stations. Overall, the training has been well received by participants and Senior Superintendent (ag) Mr. John Boyce said the project should be embraced by all because, "When you look at our current written system, there is a long process to access information from the Station Daily Diary. With this project you can access information in seconds.”

In addition to the progress made with the two modules being piloted (Police Incident Form, and the Call for Services)  three police officers have been trained as crime analysts,  and four more persons will be trained in this area in the coming months with the intent to develop a Crime Analyst Unit in the Police Force. The Royal Barbados Police Force is  well on its way, to transition from the traditional written reporting to digital, and using data to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of its policing.

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