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ICS Could Lose Gov’t Contract

In three months the company contracted to provide ankle bracelets for the government could lose its $2.7 million a year contract, as government official have expressed their displeasure with the service provided over the past three years.

National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage said when that contract comes to an end in November the government will have to review it and see it if it wants to renew it.

In fact he said the question now is whether or not the government wants to reinvest in the same type of devices, as those on bail found it so easy to tamper with and even take them off.

“The renewal of the use of them will go out to bid for the general public including the current company,” he said.

“It’s likely that it will be awarded to the company who has the best proposal, if we get to that point.”

Last Monday 32-year-old Anthony Fox Rolle was found dead, decomposing through a tract road near the South Beach Canals.

He was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet at the time.

CEO and President of ICS Security Concepts Stephen Greenslade has since refuted that the company ever fell down on its job with these monitoring devices and noted that his company’s job is only to monitor and report and not to protect the lives of those wearing these bracelets.

“The system is working perfectly,” he said. “The monitor centre’s job is to monitor the offender. That is what we do consistently every day, 24 hours per day.

“We did not issue the offenders with bullet proof vest or armor protection. Those that fell victim to crime, God rest their souls, were unfortunate circumstances, but an ankle bracelet is not designed to stop a bullet or brace against the attack of a deadly weapon. We have very little control over where they go if they were not given court ordered restrictions. We could see where they go via GPS tracking, not camera surveillance. We could direct the police straight to them, which we have done score of times since the programme started.”

He added that making matters worse is the fact that there are no court ordered restrictions on where those on bail can and cannot go and added that he has no problem giving up the contract.

“I don’t mind giving this up if we will continue this back and forth in the media and not come to the table and discuss whatever are perceived issues and get past those barriers and move on,” he added.

“If we’re going to be here in the next couple months, I’d rather give this to someone else because I can focus on my goals and aspirations as a person and for this organisation. I could replace this contract quickly, in terms of its value to this organisation.”

Written by Jones Bahamas

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