Royal Barbados Police Force save Gov’t & Taxpayers Millions, yet await legislation before implementing New Technology
If you recall last year, Andrew Pilgrim was frightened for the Civil Liberties of Barbados, if any, among the concerns he outlined at the I’Akobi Maloney Mem’l Centre at Tweedside was making video of Interrogations at all Police Stations since the veracity of Officers may be under scrutiny or Suspects may play on Magistrates’ sympathies where applicable.
Not so long ago, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite also made a similar call for recording Interviews by Law Enforcement of those who are “assisting” investigations or are otherwise deemed either alleged perpetrators or possibly amicus curiae which could potentially speed up solving a case. The Home Affairs’ Minister is fully aware how many Bajans feel most “interrogations” are usually involuntary, and a confession may not always be so freely offered without some vigorous incentives…
While at the demonstration of the new gear, Bajan Reporter learned the Royal Barbados Police Force just made a significant purchase about 2 years ago and only now installed the gear, with the cost in the vicinity of $100-K and now that same technology is in such demand, this identical equipment is currently worth $1.5 million! It is rare when the Public Sector saves money instead of WASTING it, well done!
CaseCracker from Cardinal Peak Systems allows interviews to be recorded discreetly and without invading a conversation as this demo indicates;-
While used by American Police, these are not the only types of associations who find the system advantageous, it also helps social workers who need to alert cops for any children at risk;-
However, it may take at least six months before relevant legislation is amended or introduced to complement pre-existing regulations? Sigh! This is like having Broadband and told stay with Dial-Up since the OS has not been upgraded from 98 to Vista? We wish the AG a speedy quest to drag Barbadian Law Enforcement into the 21st Century! Watch this space for videos on both a local Demo of the Equipment as well as a full briefing from AG Brathwaite on the necessity for such equipment.