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Trinidad & Tobago Police Service


AFIS solution enables Trinidad & Tobago police to better keep citizens safe

The Challenge

The task that was set for Fujitsu was to create a database of fingerprints that would allow the police service to solve, prevent and diminish criminal activity in Trinidad and Tobago. This mandate was developed with the background of the police force being at the time, technologically behind the curve, with fewer than 5 pc's in the service and no institutional IT infrastructure in place.

As with most operations of this kind the issue of paper based back file conversion became a major issue as it related balancing logistics and the need to keep the records confidential.

The Solution

Fujitsu along with Versaterm provided the police service with a complete solution including the following elements:

  • Criminal records (Modus Operandi)
  • Fleet management
  • Basic Finger printing (Henry model)
  • Administration
  • Payroll

In its presentation Fujitsu further broadened the scope of the project by introducing GIS and a full blown AFIS system, both of which were turned down at the time but were subsequently taken up later.

Results

In the 9 years of installation in the police force the solution has proved to be robust and fully meeting the needs of the Trinidad & Tobago police force, initially the force installed the solution in the main stations and finally in the secondary sub stations. In 2000 the police force tendered for and awarded Fujitsu the job for the provisioning of a full blown AFIS solution, this was the first of its kind in the Caribbean and to date is the only AFIS in the Caribbean. As a result of the intervention of the IT solution into the police force there has been a marked improvement in the ability for the police force to manage itself, retain monies for reallocation, understand the internal issues in the force, and most importantly success in keeping citizens safe.

"The AFIS solution has enabled the police force to better understand the changing face of crime and criminals- without it we would be far behind where we are now."

Industries:

  • Government

Offering Groups:

  • Consulting
  • IT Infrastructure

Solution Areas:

  • Systems & Network Management

Regions:

  • Caribbean

Challenges:

  • To create a database of fingerprints that would allow the police service to solve, prevent and diminish criminal activity in Trinidad and Tobago

Benefits:

  • Improved the ability of police