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?