TheJamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) began the observation of its 152nd anniversary with an Open Day and Expo at the Elletson Road Police Station in Kingston on Monday, November 25.
The Open Day served as a medium to engage citizens and to let them know how their Police Force has been adopting new technology to better keep them safe. Students from various schools participated and interacted with police officers.
Among the technology assets on display were body cameras, which officers wore throughout the day. Body cameras are part of the strategy to improve transparency in Police interactions with the public by ensuring greater accountability. Also displayed were new multifunctional tablets. The units allow Police officers to transmit messages over the Police radio network, make regular telephone calls as well as query several databases, such as wanted persons and persons with outstanding warrants.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Orrette Bascoe, who directed the activities at Elletson Road on Monday, made the JCF’s intention clear stating, “These initiatives and technologies are ultimately to ensure that we are doing our best as law enforcers to keep the people of Jamaica safe.”
He disclosed that one of the most anticipated technology projects for the upcoming year is a system where members of the public can use online portals to make reports of particular incidents. He explained that the online system is part of a wider expansion of the Force’s communication capabilities saying that the JCF’s microwave network, which carries data, was recently upgraded and now has five times greater capacity.