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Fiji police to use GIS to combat crime

The Fiji police have launched their GIS tool on Thursday at the police headquarters in Centre Point, Laucala Beach.
The Fiji police have launched their GIS tool on Thursday at the police headquarters in Centre Point, Laucala Beach.

Fiji: The Fiji police have launched their GIS tool on Thursday at the police headquarters in Centre Point, Laucala Beach. The tool would allow the police to store and analyse critical crime data, which would assist them in putting in place targeted strategies to combat crime.

Explaining how the project works, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Eseta Dumukuro said the first step was to obtain the location of the crime, using the software Quantum GIS which is an open software.

“Once the crime point has been plotted in the map, the user will then transfer it to the crime, data base,” said ASP Dumukuro. Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, Biu Matavou said the project was a milestone and has been long overdue, especially in this technological era.

The GIS Project would assist police in instant crime analysis, development techniques, active enforcement, monitoring the emerging pattern and accountability programme for the managers. Mr Matavoualso emphasised the need for communities to play their part and take ownership of what is happening around them.

The project will be piloted first at the Samabula Police Station and later implemented at other Police Station Divisions around the country. The launch of the project is also in line with the vision of a more efficient police force.