Police Commissioner Reports Progress in Forensics Unit’s Assistance with Major Crime Cases
Police Commissioner Chester Williams has reported that the forensics unit, and its staff are progressing nicely in being able to assist investigators with their major crime cases. His comments came yesterday as a guest on The Morning Show. The Belize Police Department has come under much scrutiny, as many cases have been thrown out of the courts due to improper investigations or insufficient evidence.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We have a very vibrant forensic team. It is not where we want it to be but again through the ministry and with director Sho there is a lot that is being done. Myself and the minister we were invited to the National Forensics Services Laboratory about two weeks ago and we were shown some of the capabilities of the lab and what they’re trying to do and I must say that I was impressed with the level of work that they are doing at the lab particularly the firearms examiners office, they are extremely good at what they’re doing and through their efforts we have been able to solve cases using matches from different crime scenes and show when we find a firearm they can tell us what all shooting incidents that firearm has been used in. So they’re doing extremely well. There is a lot that is being done in the pipeline to bring the laboratory up to a certain standard. The minister is committed to that and director Sho likewise is doing his part from his office to make sure that we bring the lab to a certain standard.”