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RVIPF rolls out crime-mapping technology

Screenshot of the RVIPF’s crime-mapping platform.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has rolled out a system in which crime in the British Virgin Islands is mapped based on the geographical location where it occurs.

The interactive mapping platform will produce various data including the type of crime, its frequency, the specific location, and CCTV footage where applicable.

According to the RVIPF, the mapping platform will make intelligence-gathering and crime-analysis easier, quicker, and will allow officers to make “better proactive decisions”.

The police further said the technology “places much of the details necessary to equip officers when responding to an incident at their fingertips”.

The mapping system was rolled out during a presentation at the police headquarters on Monday. The technology is the brainchild of the RVIPF’s Systems Manager, Sergeant Claude Rymer and he received high commendations from Governor John Rankin who has portfolio responsibility for policing.

Police Commissioner Michael Matthews was also happy with the roll-out.

“The best departure present I could receive as Commissioner is this new interactive platform. It will modernise how and when we use our limited resources and will assist the Force with operational deployments, and identify crime hotspots for drugs and firearms. This will substantially boost the Force’s crime-fighting capability,” the Commissioner said.

The Department of Town & Country Planning is credited for developing the geographical base for the platform while the programmer and developer on the project is Troy Dawson from the the Government Information Service.

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  1. Doh says:

    So the whole island is lit up with crime? Hmmm

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  2. We are the BVI says:

    This is how we fight crime?? Putting dots on a map??
    How about giving the police a ticket book and have them write some people up?
    You can put as many dots on a map as you want. If you don’t enforce any laws nothing is going to happen!
    There needs to be some changes to the way the police and magistrate work for any significant impact on crime. The are no consequences to any violation of law. LOCAL Criminals just keep getting bolder and bolder until someone is killed. Then we all look at each other and nothing happens AGAIN.
    PLEASE WAKE UP AND TRY TO FIX THIS. It is wrecking our country.

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  3. Streets says:

    Look at these clowns. Next!

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  4. SCOOTERS says:

    They drive past police no helmet, no license, no care … what good is a map if their is no enforcement of the LAW

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  5. ??? says:

    Michael waste of time. Joker in a pack of cards. Your vacation ends March 2021. See you joker…

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