November 25, 2019
United States Working with St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Digitizing Crime and Violence Data
On November 25, the United States Government, in support of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS). The PRMIS will help the Police Force to improve data management and analysis and will be piloted at the Questelle and Williams Street Police Stations. It will strengthen police response to support crime reduction using measures such as geo-mapping; and victim and offender profiling.
The system is a key component of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) CariSECURE project. The PRMIS uses standardized crime and violence data to foster evidence-based policy and programming across nine eastern and southern Caribbean countries, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These countries will benefit from customized software that allows for cross-country comparisons and generates high quality data to support cohesive regional crime strategies and responses. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the seventh country to launch the PRMIS.
At the PRMIS launch, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, noted that the system will give the police force 21st century policing tools to tackle 21st century crime. She added that the system “will provide officers with the ability to generate victim and offender profiling, which will assist with a faster police response and effective evidence-based decisions – for example – crime mapping.” Ambassador Taglialatela thanked the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force for embracing the initiative and encouraged the government to fully expand the system to all police stations in order to reap its full benefits.
CariSECURE is a component of USAID’s wider Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project, which reduces youth involvement in the Caribbean. CariSECURE is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).