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  • State Minister of National Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, has reiterated a call for persons to download and make use of the Ministry’s crime-fighting and safety software application ‘Stay Alert’.
  • The Stay Alert app includes alerts, which provide users with the latest news, tips and updates from the police, and other information from the police blotters...

State Minister of National Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, has reiterated a call for persons to download and make use of the Ministry’s crime-fighting and safety software application ‘Stay Alert’.

He made the call while addressing a school-opening ceremony at the Seaward Primary and Junior High in Olympic Gardens today (September 5). The ceremony, organised by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Community Safety and Security branch, was geared at promoting safety in schools.

Mr. Charles said the app, which can be accessed at the Google Play Store by Smartphone, “can act as a personal bodyguard”, as it has a panic mode which, when activated, sends an alert to the police that the user is in an emergency situation.

It also facilitates reporting of incidents.

“It will allow you to upload information, which can be sent to the police, whenever you have seen or are a victim of any criminal activity. We are intent on using technology in the best way possible to help to protect you,” Mr. Charles said.

The Stay Alert app includes alerts, which provide users with the latest news, tips and updates from the police, and other information from the police blotters; iReport, which allows users to anonymously upload video, audio, photo or messages about suspicious individuals or crimes; and the laws component which provides snippets of Jamaican legislations.

The app was made available in February 2015 and is free of cost.

The State Minister, meanwhile, encouraged parents in attendance at the ceremony to be alert and to teach children appropriate ways to stay safe.

“We all have a role to play; all of us are stakeholders. I encourage you to stand up, speak out and to be aware. A safe Jamaica will be a prosperous Jamaica,” he said.