Jamaica Crime Observatory gets boost from JSIF

Social Development Manager, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Mona Sue-Ho (left), presents Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Richard Stewart, with a signed copy of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the entities, for the provision of additional funding for the Jamaica Crime Observatory (JCO) Enhancement Project. (Photo: Rudranath Fraser, JIS)

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to provide support for the Jamaica Crime Observatory (JCO) Enhancement Project.

Through a $16.7 million donation from the fund, the JCO will be able to procure computer hardware and software to assist them in the work that they do, as well as training staff to administer it.

The JCO is mostly tasked with data gathering and analysis, and the new software hardware is said to be tied around geographic information systems (GIS) that will provide the security forces with data that can indicate and profile where crimes have happened, to report cases in real-time.

The project is being implemented overall through funding provided by the World Bank to the tune of 49 million dollars.