Station diaries to be replaced by electronic book
THE TRADITIONAL diary in police stations will be gradually phased out and is to be replaced with an electronic format under a programme called the e-Diary initiative.
The e-Diary initiative was launched at both the Manchester and Clarendon divisional headquarters last week.
"This initiative replaces the physical book with electronic station diaries that will bring huge efficiencies and new capabilities in terms of searching the database and retrieving records. Further, the electronic diaries are more secure than the manual ones," Peter Bunting, the minister of national security said during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate last week.
"The layers of security that have been designed into the system ensure far greater protection and integrity of the data," the minister added.
According to the minister, the introduction of e-diaries is part of a strategic focus for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to rationalise police units and put as many personnel as possible on frontline duties.
He said technology will be employed to drive efficiency of the force's operations.
Describing the current station diary as a very large, ruled hardcover book, Bunting noted that it is the official record of activity at a station and "there are thousands of these diaries stacked in stations and storerooms across Jamaica".
"Scores of man-hours are wasted, weekly, on manual retrieval of information from these records," said Bunting, while, stating that the current system is "one aspect of the JCF that has not changed since its formation in the 19th century".