Jamaica launches UK-funded computerised criminal records system
Jamaica’s outdated paper-based criminal records system has been computerised.
The new system, which was funded by the United Kingdom Government, was launched today.
It became operational in April and about 500 thousand fingerprint records of convicted persons have so far been placed in the database.
The computerised system replaces the current bulky, space-consuming, paper-based record management system used by the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Officials at today’s launch indicated that the new system is secure from interference.
They say the new system will allow for the sharing of information on criminal convictions with Jamaica’s international law enforcement partners.
In a message delivered by Deputy Police Commissioner Novelette Grant, Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams said incorporating modern technology in law enforcement will help to boost efficiency in policing and crime fighting.
Williams said since being implemented, the new system has resulted in significant benefits including quick access to criminal records, the easier generation of new files for first-time offenders and easier conversion of paper records.
He said the next phase of the project will help to streamline the process for the sharing of biometric information such as DNA and finger prints.
Williams described the initiative as a revolution in law enforcement and said well-managed record keeping, is a highlight of good governance.