Jamaica: The Office of the Children”s Registry (OCR) in Jamaica is planning to use geospatial technology to identify the hotspots where children are frequently reported missing.
Ananda Alert, a nationwide system to ensure safe recovery of abducted children, has joined hands with the National Spatial Data Management Division in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change. The National Spatial Data Management Division has produced reports on the number of children missing per parish, the number missing per community, per area and the time of day ratio for missing children for a period. This data suggests that the hotspots where children are frequently reported missing are the low-income communities in Kingston and St. Catherine. The police department has also realised that parents have actually sent the children away from communities because they are afraid of the gangs in their areas. The OCR hopes that the data will help in better deployment of resources.