ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATES OF CHARACTER DRASTICALLY INCREASE AS HAVE APPROVALS

The Ministry of Innovation, Science & Smart Technology revealed an almost overnight success story for Barbadians acquiring a Police Certificate of Character, but reminds technology is not the panacea for crime solutions that still needs the human touch.

<strong>Senator Kay McConney</strong> addressed officers, members of the Postal Service, digital ambassadors, media and other personnel at the Prince Cave Hall recently in the St Cecilia Barracks of the District 'A' Station at the official launch of the online service allowing people even via smartphones to make an application for a certificate of character.

Senator Kay McConney addressed officers, members of the Postal Service, digital ambassadors, media and other personnel at the Prince Cave Hall recently in the St Cecilia Barracks of the District ‘A’ Station at the official launch of the online service allowing people even via smartphones to make an application for a certificate of character.

The Minister gave a surprising set of statistics accrued from the soft opening on Monday the 2nd there were 242 applications received a jump of 120% from the original paper processes yet by Friday, 978 applications made and 436 certificates issued.

Senator McConney compared this with the original drudgery Bajans endured at the Central station in the city almost two decades ago when people wasted gas or bus fare to wait all day just to apply, yet the wait could sometimes cost people a job opportunity as the processing took weeks in the old format.

Senator McConney compared this with the original drudgery Bajans endured at the Central station in the city almost two decades ago when people wasted gas or bus fare to wait all day just to apply, yet the wait could sometimes cost people a job opportunity as the processing took weeks in the old format.

The Smart Technology Minister said nevertheless nothing beats the human touch of officers performing their duties and with the computerisation of this service, it enabled more officers to pursue other matters instead of hand writing forms at night when they should be off duty and interacting with family and friends.

The process can now be paid via mMoney, or debit and credit cards – with a provision for people who don’t have WiFi or are familiar with eCommerce solutions to visit the Post Office and make an application there instead – for those who want to try it out themselves, you can visit gov.bb/policecertificate

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