Police to set up information command centre

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Public Security plans to establish an operational Communications and Information Command Centre, which is among some of the key measures being operationalised to support the crime prevention and investigative capabilities of the Guyana Police Force.

The aim is to strengthen, not only the forensic and criminal investigative techniques of the Force, but its ability in crime detection, through the application of information technology methodologies. Funding for the ventured is covered in the 2015 Budget.

Second-Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, told the Government Information Agency (GINA), that the financing comes under the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Citizen Security Programme II, which aims at improving the operation efficiency of the Force, with regards to reducing the levels of crime, violence and insecurity.

He explained that the monies that are going to be disbursed for the command centre and other supportive measures, amount to some US$2.5 million. In addition to the establishment and management of the centre, funds will also go towards the resuscitation of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) feeds within the city to the Timehri environs. It also provides for improvement in 911 services countrywide.

Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan.
Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan.

“We are going to have many cameras all around the city streets and a command centre that would see what is happening,” Minister Ramjattan said. He added that the command centre would be manned by civilians.

According to Ramjattan, the centre will have many mounted television cameras that could be used to trace incidents and to link these with ambulances, fire service and police service and responses.

“On that screen you will actually know where a police car is and if there is a robbery you will divert immediately the closest patrol vehicle to the scene of the crime and as well call 911 or the fire service,” the Minister explained.

4 COMMENTS

  1. High time they started utilizing IT to fight crime, but they also need the knowledgeable human resources that will make proper use of it, talking about the man on the street, because as it is 90% of the GPF are not equip with the requisite know-how about modern hi tech equipment

  2. Namaskar,

    the crime rate seems un-manageable here in Guyana.But with the president and minister of state having a military background will help somewhat.
    Hope that the newly formed command center will focus more around the belair liliendal/ sandroad area.The antisocial element is terrible where the PRIME MINISTER is living in sandroad. Even with such an official they dare misbehave.Something needs to be done -these elements are not helping the police at all!! Probably do not have the discriminatory faculty to decipher right from wrong.
    Maybe having a police outpost in these quarters maydo…….

    Rajesh Geer

  3. Technology upgrade is one thing. They must have a clear policy put in the public domain on how they store citizenry images and when they purge them. What safety measures are in place for the protection of our privacy and that of our off springs from abuse by staff and police.

  4. It is about time the GPF come into the 21Century with all of the technology available to assist and inhance their crime fighting capabilities. No doubt these enhancements will have a significant impact on results.

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