Use more technology to fight crime - Wheatley

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August 29, 2016
Wheatley

Greater use of technology is being recommended to further reduce crime in Jamaica. This has been proposed by Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley.

He contends that the level of sophistication to which crime has been elevated through the use of technology, justifies the police moving to adopt more innovative approaches to curtailing it.

Wheatley cited lottery scamming as an example of the cybercrimes that "are at the forefront of most criminal activities" in Jamaica, which he said must be tackled head-on through greater use of technology.

good initiative

The minister was speaking, following the launch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Body-worn Camera Project at the Police Commissioner's Office in Kingston, last Thursday.

Wheatley described the project as a 'good initiative' and praised the United States government for its collaborative support.

"We have seen all across the world where body cameras are part of the process to ensure protection of the rights of citizens as well as police officers," he said.

The minister noted that the device provides a 'third eye' which ensures that in the event of disputes between the police and civilians, it will "assist in the process (of settlement) and bring to bear the truth in most or all instances."

Meanwhile, Commanding Officer for the JCF's Information and Communication Technology Division, Superintendent Norris Rhoomes, said the cameras can archive up to 10 hours of imageries captured during the day or night.

Additionally, he said the cameras were tamper proof, with each device bearing a serial number that would be tagged to the police officers to whom they were assigned.

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