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May 13, 2015

Scenes of Crime Technicians Graduate Forensic Program

Training concluded today for a group of technical personnel from the Police Department, who will hopefully hone their skills in investigative work and in the prosecution of cases where the rate of success is dismal. Belize National Forensic Science Service Department and the United States government organized and facilitated the programme. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A cohort of twenty-seven professional crime scene technicians, the first graduating class of a yearlong Forensic Crime Scene Investigation course, passed out earlier today.  The intensive curriculum saw a dedicated group of men and women acquiring both academic and practical knowledge in crime-solving.

 

Hayden Baldwin

Hayden Baldwin, Executive Director, ICSIA

“We went through the assignments i.e. crime scene management, photography, latent evidence, impression evidence, biological trace evidence, report writing, crime scene sketching, crime scene interpretation, all these were an update.  They certainly are not new officers, they have been trained before but now they’ve all been trained exactly the same.”

 

Executive Director Hayden Baldwin of the International Crime Scene Investigators Association, a certified law enforcement instructor, administered the program.  The training was facilitated by the Belize National Forensic Science Service Department and the United States government.

 

David Henderson

David Henderson, Director, BNFSSD

“I am pretty much sure now, with the training that has been conducted by the National Forensic Unit our people would be more aware, more prepared and better able to assist the police and other law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime scientifically.”

 

Today’s exercise galvanized the individual and collective efforts of members of the Scenes of Crime Unit, a mutual endeavor to technically explain and crack as many cases, particularly those involving homicides, as possible.

 

Shernadine Peters

Shernadine Peters, Crime Scene Technician

“We are a unit, a small family, we may fight with each other but we also fight for each other.  Like any normal functioning family we are there for each other in times of need.  We started this together and we will finish it in style.”

 

While much can be said of the accomplishment, the realistic challenge is the unit’s ability to work with the resources it has been afforded in order to complement the role of other law enforcement agencies.  C.E.O. in the Ministry of National Security, Retired Colonel George Lovell.

 

George Lovell

Ret. Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“The National Forensic Science Service will provide even more support to our processes of investigation management and prosecution which if you would look at the rate of success that we have with prosecution is around thirty-nine to forty percent success; especially at the Supreme Court level.  I know it’s probably a little bit different in terms of our success rate at the magistrate’s court level, and I see here the head of the prosecution department from the police here with us, but this can only happen if we are to increase on those successes.”

 

United States Ambassador Carlos Moreno, a former Supreme Court judge, emphasized the importance of the unit’s role in the justice system.

 

Carlos Moreno

Carlos Moreno, U.S. Ambassador to Belize

“You’re an essential part of the justice system and with your fine efforts I’m sure that the justice system here in Belize will be all the better for it.  So I am personally very proud as to what I’ve seen about your training and I am very proud to be part of the Unites States government that in some way is helping Belize improve its justice system.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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