Acting Prime Minister, Honourable Gregory Bowen has welcomed the launch of the Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS), which will facilitate the transition from a paper-based data collection process to a digitised system for the Royal Grenada Police Force.
A joint initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the PRMIS will help to standardise crime and violence data in Grenada and eight other Caribbean countries which are beneficiaries of the CariSECURE project.
Speaking at Wednesday’s launch, Minister Bowen said, “In this era of advanced technological development, the launch of this records management system represents a gigantic step forward in security data management. Ultimately, through the analysis and monitoring this system will facilitate, we expect to be able to develop more targeted approaches to crime reduction across Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.”
The CariSECURE project provides for the piloting of the initiative in three police stations but the Government of Grenada is also investing in the project to extend the scope and ensure that all police stations are equipped with the necessary equipment.
Minister Bowen added, “Ensuring the security of our nation remains of paramount importance and we embrace all opportunities that enable us to achieve that objective.”
He also noted that the success of the project depends largely on a commitment to its implementation and to its sustainability over the long term. “Usually, the launch of an initiative represents the culmination of a sustained effort over a period of time to achieve a particular objective; I propose here today that we view this as the beginning. We have an opportunity from henceforth to make significant improvements,” he stated.
Wednesday’s launch included a demonstration of the new Records Management System as well as remarks by representatives of the two funding agencies.