UNMISS hands over a data and crime analysis facility to South Sudan’s police Service
Oct 23, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — The United Nation Mission in South Sudan has handed over a new building in Juba to the South Sudan’s Police Service which will serve as a data and crime analysis centre.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Kuong Majoc, commander of the crime response team at the Buluk police division in Juba, there are many challenges involved in tracing and responding to emergencies in South Sudan’s capital Juba.
“We have not had a systematic way of registering, reporting and analyzing the information we collect to assist our colleagues at our emergency call centre. Just reporting our findings on the phone or by using radios has made it difficult to engage in proactive policing,” said Kuong Majoc.
He said that the building handed over to his unit by UN police officers will greatly facilitate these core tasks.
“We will use this facility to map and aggregate common crimes, find the links between them and identify the anomalies we come across. Doing this will enhance our capacity to decide what kind of response that is required,” the Lieutenant Colonel explained.
Geetha Pious, head of the peacekeeping mission’s field office in Juba explained that the project is part of UNMISS support to the South Sudan National Police Service and the Ministry of Interior’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law infrastructure and improve the operational capacity of its security personnel.
UN police officers have given their South Sudanese counterparts adequate training so as to be able to prevent the growing problem of crimes committed on the internet.
UNPOL Police Commissioner, Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa explained how the new crime data analysis facility will benefit law enforcement in the country.
“It will assist our colleagues in building a credible database on crimes committed across the country, which will guide the establishment of appropriate strategies and measures to prevent and reduce unlawful actions,” she said.
She added that the analysis facility will give a systematic approach which will provide police with descriptions of suspected criminals and help identify possible patterns in the methods used by perpetrators.