St. Kitts- Nevis’ Assistant Commissioner of Police – Ian Queeley
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
August 10, 2012 (SKNIS)
Members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force were introduced to the Patriarch management platform on August 8 and 9 as security officials search for a Crime Information Management System (CIMS) for the twin-island Federation.
A team from the SAS Institute Inc. in the United States facilitated separate sessions with the High Command of the Force on Thursday and approximately 20 other members of the rank on Wednesday and Thursday. SAS Senior Account Executive, Matt Mitchell, explained to SKNIS how the system works.
“We have a very comprehensive workflow that allows a crime or incident to be managed throughout its lifecycle,” he said. “So for a missing person, that will involve an investigator “¦ understanding who that individual is linked to and other key pieces of information that hopefully will allow that individual to be recovered.”
Mr. Mitchell revealed that the Patriarch platform was designed approximately three years ago in conjunction with the Surrey Police Department in England which wanted to replace its record management system in time for the 2012 Olympics. The system has four modules that capture information related to Events, Case, Custody and Intelligence. Various countries around the world use some or all components of the system. It is currently being installed in Bermuda and negotiations are ongoing with the British Virgin Islands.
Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for Crime, Ian Queeley, said he found the presentation, held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, quite useful.
“In an e-Age, we would want to manage our resources very efficiently,” he stated, noting that a CIMS reduces the time and manpower needed for tasks. “”¦ [An] information management system gives us an opportunity to enhance our analysis, trending patterns and predicting [capabilities].”
The process for sourcing a Crime Information Management System gained momentum in 2010 when the police solicited support from the Department of Technology to evaluate three separate programmes. Local officials opted to have follow-up discussions with SAS at this time. Keisha Archibald, ICT Development Coordinator within the e-Government Unit highlighted the next steps.
“We actually spoke about having some Regional discussions to see how “¦ entities like the RSS (Regional Security System) and IMPACS (CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security) would see that system being used throughout the Region rather than just St. Kitts and Nevis in order to harness things like cost efficiencies and [the like],” she revealed.
Ms. Archibald added that her Department welcomed the collaboration with the police and is committed to the process.