Po­lice to com­bat crime us­ing GIS

Fiji Sun - - Comment - MERE SATAKALA mere.satakala@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fiji Po­lice Force launched their Geo­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GIS) tool yes­ter­day at the Po­lice head­quar­ters in Cen­tre Point, Lau­cala Beach. The tool would al­low Po­lice to store and an­a­lyse crit­i­cal crime data, which would as­sist them in putting in place tar­geted strate­gies to com­bat crime. Ex­plain­ing how the project works, As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (ASP) Eseta Du­mukuro said the first step was to ob­tain the location of the crime, us­ing the soft­ware Quan­tum GIS which is an open soft­ware. “Once the crime point has been plot­ted in the map, the user will then trans­fer it to the crime, data base,” said ASP Du­mukuro.

Chief of In­tel­li­gence and In­ves­ti­ga­tions, Biu Matavou said the project was a mile­stone and has been long over­due, espe­cially in this tech­no­log­i­cal era. The GIS Project would as­sist Po­lice in in­stant crime anal­y­sis, de­vel­op­ment tech­niques, ac­tive en­force­ment, mon­i­tor­ing the emerg­ing pat­tern and ac­count­abil­ity pro­gramme for the man­agers. Mr Matavoualso em­pha­sised the need for com­mu­ni­ties to play their part and take own­er­ship of what is hap­pen­ing around them.

The project will be pi­loted first at the Sam­ab­ula Po­lice Sta­tion and later im­ple­mented at other Po­lice Sta­tion Di­vi­sions around the coun­try. The launch of the project is also in line with the vi­sion of a more ef­fi­cient Po­lice force. Edited by Caroline Ratu­cadra

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