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Bunting: Access to electors' info could boost crime fighting, but we have no access

Published:Friday | October 2, 2015 | 10:10 PM
Peter Bunting ... access to the Electoral Office of Jamaica's database will help with finding identifying information of wanted men.

Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting is lamenting the fact that electors’ identification information from the Electoral Office of Jamaica's database, still cannot be used in criminal investigations by the Jamaica Constabulary Force.  

According to the Security Minister, the voters ID captures the photographs and fingerprints of 95 per cent of Jamaican adults.

However, he says the information cannot be used in law enforcement to solve crime.

He says the issue calls for a debate in Parliament.

Bunting says he hopes the opposition will support a move to change the existing legislation.

According to the National Security Minister, the database will help with finding identifying information of wanted men.

He says quite often wanted lists are sent out to media without pictures.

Bunting says this wouldn’t be an issue if law enforcement officers had access to the database.

He also says crime fighters would be able to search the database for finger prints left at crime scenes.