JIS News

The Integrated Ballistic Information System (IBIS) for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has arrived.The equipment will enable the JCF to fingerprint firearms; build a database of bullets and spent shells recovered from crime scenes; link bullets and spent shells to crime scenes; and make connections between illegal firearms and gun crimes.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mark Shields, told JIS News that the acquisition of the IBIS would boost the crime fighting capacity of the JCF “enormously”.He also explained that the “police will be able to act more quickly in an investigation”.
The main component of the machine will be located in Kingston, while smaller units will be positioned in Montego Bay and May Pen.
The rationale for sending the smaller units to Montego Bay and May Pen, “is simply to speed up the process . if we are bringing fire arms to be tested all the way to Kingston, it will be a cumbersome process,” Mr. Shields said.
He pointed out that all the centres would be networked. “Therefore, this will save time and money in the long run [as well as] improve the efficiency of the system,” he added.
Questioned whether the three machines would effectively serve the 14 parishes, Mr. Shields said that based on “the experts’ review of the number of firearms, size of the island and the magnitude of the problem, the three machines are adequate”.
The Deputy Commissioner noted that across the world, when the IBIS is used, the clear-up rate increased significantly, and he expected the same result in Jamaica.
Neville Graham, Communications Director at the National Security Ministry told JIS News that the system would be installed on January 15, while a commission date for the network was set for February 13.
Meanwhile, Jevine Bent, Deputy Commissioner of Police, has informed that training for persons and stakeholders who would be using the system has already started. She further noted that these persons have been drawn from the JCF, as well as all crime fighting arms of the Government. The contract to procure the machine was approved by Cabinet in September and signed in October 2005. The IBIS, which costs just over US$1.4 million, was secured with the assistance of the Canadian Government.

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