Belize Forensic Science Services Process Over 1,800 Crime Scenes in First Half of 2023
Belize’s National Forensic Science Services has reported that for the period, January to June 2023, their team of fifty-seven employees, had processed 1,839 crime and accident scenes across the country. The report comprises of the services they have provided for the first half of this year. Among those services were the lifting of latent prints; 321 post mortems; 51 homicides (including manslaughter); 52 fatal road traffic incidents; 9 drowning incidents; 20 suicides, and 134 natural deaths. In total, the Forensics Services has analyzed 615 criminal cases. In the mid-year report, the team at the FSS has also conducted serology which is the confirmation of bodily fluids; toxicology reports; firearms examinations, and has overseen the export of samples to accredited labs in the United States, including DNA tests. According to the NFSS, they are dedicated in working towards justice, and are reliant on the government’s support for further strengthening and expansion.