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GOB Partners with the US Embassy to Improve the National Forensic Science Service

The US Embassy in Belmopan and the Government of Belize are teaming up to improve the National Forensic Science Service. The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the country benefiting from a Forensic Crime Scene Office Project, valued at seven hundred and fifty thousand Belize dollars. According to a release from both entities, ‘the United States will support the construction of three Scenes of Crime offices, equip the offices with new forensic equipment, and provide training and advisory services for domestic technicians. This project is part of the Justice Sector Reform/Forensics: Paving the Path to International Accreditation and International Association for Identification (the largest forensics certification organization in the world) Certification program. Under the MOU, new office spaces will be allocated in Belmopan, Dangriga, and Ladyville in order to meet workspace requirements, paving the way for Belize’s international accreditation, by July 2022.’ According to the Executive Director of the Forensic Service, Gian Cho, the upgrades funded by the US will complement recent investments made by the Government of Belize to improve office space and technical workstations for the Scenes of Crime Main Office in Belize City. These upgrades will also allow for the addition of certified crime scenes technicians in the near future.