Deficiencies in the police communications network (letter to the editor)

11
Deficiencies in the police communications network (letter to the editor)


Ever so often successive governments have seen the need to procure new vehicles for the Police Force but quite often when we call the police we are told that police vehicles are unavailable. I am beginning to wonder whether this problem with the police is less of a transportation or logistics issue but could be a communications or telecommunications issue.

Though the police have many vehicles I think there is a problem in tracking and instantly contacting the officers in these police vehicles in real time. The police seem to rely on cellular phones and landlines for their telecommunications needs rather than a dedicated two-way radio network complete with police walkie-talkies and repeaters.

How will our police communicate effectively if the cell phone networks and landlines fail due to congestion or other technical difficulties? Can our police instantly send an All Points Bulletin (APB) to all officers on patrol or on the beat to apprehend a dangerous criminal or converge on a crime in progress?

I think that urgent attention should be given to a dedicated police communications system otherwise the criminal underworld will become more brazen. The recent heist at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina was particularly disturbing as it occurred in broad daylight a few hundred metres from the Gros Islet Police Station. Did the criminals take the chance because they are aware of deficiencies in the police communications network?

(0)(0)

No posts to display

11 COMMENTS

  1. There is an urgent need for government to pay attention to reorganizing operational procedures within the public services.
    I am of the view that the police force can accomplish a lot more with the resources allocated to them if there is analysis and reconfiguration of the operational procedures.
    The insight required to achieve greater efficiency can be drawn from police officers as they know of the deficiencies. This information combined with expert advice can help the Police realize greater efficiency in their operations.

    (0)(0)

  2. Actually dem fellas joy riding with those vehicles. I've seen them pull up to the dance hall with lights flashing and the driver just going inside to mingle. Taxpayer's money at work.

    (0)(0)

  3. Say there is a stock somewhere and see if there no vehicles.they are even show in up on horses

    (0)(0)

  4. Sometimes the vehicle is parked by a rumshop and they are there drinking their booze imagine in uniform.THIS IS ST.LUCIA WHERE WE ARE HAPPY.I LIE?

    (0)(0)

  5. Nothing will not happen until.a big boy son or daughter dies or is seriously injured and response time and bad communication played a key role they will not change it

    (0)(0)

  6. Very good point! IT's time we stop operating in 1900 and get up to the time with all the benefits of new tech. Not only true for the police but for the entire public service.

    (0)(0)

  7. Radio's are not expensive, other police forces in the UK and USA etc often upgrade and replace has anyone thought of asking them for their old radios? This could be a start and I agree totally with the above letter as I have called the police on two occasions and each time been told there is no vehicle available and I live 4 minutes walk, if that from the local police station!

    (0)(0)

  8. I concur with this article as I to have made this observation. It seems like in this technological age, instead the police service progress they seem to regress. In the late 90's all police vehicles were equipped with such radios and police offices walking the beat would also carry such radios. Right know you would see many officers walking the beat without any. I have made this observation to a few police officer friends of mine who take pride in saying, 'We don't need that, we have cell phones'.

    The question I pose to them is, 'what if a robbery were to occur in an establishment located at Cul-De-Sac for example, with the perpetrators having the options of using Morne Road, Mellinieum Highway, Bexon Highway and The West Coast road as escape routes, and witnesses call the police giving a description of them and the vehicle in which they were travelling. How would officers travelling on these roads be aware of this? Will the control room call every officer with a Police issued cell phone alerting them?

    This clearly cannot work as the perpetrators would have made good their escape by then. On the other hand if every police officer on duty at the time is in possession of a radio they would all be aware at the moment this information reaches Police, and the likely-hood of the suspects being caught will be heightened.

    It is my belief that every officer should be issued with a radio and they should be held accountable for it if it is damaged or they misplace it.

    Equipment such as radios, handcuffs and vehicles are basic things that are needed by Police in the execution of their duties.This being said, Governments present and future should stop making a big hype in the media when 5 new vehicles are purchased for the police as they are expected as a Government to do this.

    (0)(0)

Comments are closed.