I feel honoured to be here with you today to mark this very important event, not only important to us the Ministry of Police and Public Safety, but to the nation as a whole, the development of crime statistics database.
Today marks a transition from manual to digital recording of crime incidents and performance management for Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS).
LMPS has been recording and collecting crime incidents manually for the past decades. This has posted a number of challenges such as: Misplaced dockets which are often accused of by general public, difficulty in tracking of cases under investigation for feedback purposes to the complainant, difficulty in recording of crime trends for operational planning purpose, and inability to effectively profile suspects; to mention a few.
It is because of these challenges that The Ministry of Police and Public Safety made a decision to digitize the capturing of data an all kinds of crime because this method has the following advantages:
- It will provide information that will assist in profiling crime suspect. This means that we will be able to develop a comprehensive criminal history system for purposes of identifying criminal record of each offender and provide background checks for purposes of identification, employment, security clearance, licensing of firearms, enhanced sentencing and criminal prosecution, immigration, international travel visas etc.
- It will improve the recording and filling of crime for ease of retrieval of information for purposes of feedback to the complainants.
- It will enable us to measure our performance against cases received in our police station.
- It will provide all stakeholders with crime status in their respective areas and country as a whole.
- It will provide station information on performances for comparative purposes and research into contributing factors.
- It will enable the sharing of information with other regional and international law enforcement agencies.
- It will provide source for all crimes reported.
It is my strong believe that the training workshops that I am launching today in the Maseru Central Region which is the pilot area, will provide a better understanding of the benefits of digitizing our crime recording system as I have stated earlier.
I want to emphasize that in order for LMPS and the nation to benefit from this endeavour; there will be a need for all of us to show commitment, men and women who are hands on.
With these few remarks, I declare Crime Statistics Data Base Sensitization Workshop officially launched.
KHOTSO! PULA! NALA!