The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) is aiming to enhance the forensic ballistic capacity of the country. In this regard, UNLIREC held a three-day workshop which was attended by personnel from the National Forensic Science Service, Scenes of Crime Unit, Police Investigators and Prosecutors. Project Advisor, Quinnelle-Marie Kangalee, spoke to Love News about the workshop.
Quinnelle-Marie Kangalee – Project Advisor
“We have six modules that we train on. It includes the identification and classification of firearms and ammunition. We also look at Crime Scene Management so right now they’re doing an exercise where they are processing the Crime Scene, so they look at from the initial stage when they arrive at the Crime Scene to when they actually process the scene and then when they send the evidence to the lab for testing and what they would do after. There is a module on intelligence and investigation which is presented in this case by our colleagues from Interpol. We also have a module on Firearms and Ammunition management in the lab so that they understand what sort of tests are necessary or can be done to help in terms of criminal investigations. We also do a module on Firearms Proliferation and Armed Violence to set the context in the Caribbean.”
Diana Bol Noble, one of the participants who is a forensic analyst at the National Forensic Science Service, spoke about the role her department plays in the evidence gathering and how the course will allow for them to conduct their training more efficiently.
Diana Bol Noble – Forensic Analyst
“For our part, we need to ensure that everything is in place to make sure that when we receive that item for analysis, that we can obtain whatever evidence is on that and give that information to police and to prosecution for them to use in the best way they see fit. We’re going to be tasked as to how to correctly handle these firearms and firearm related material, from scenes; how to package them and eventually for their carrying it through to court so that when it is lodged at court, the integrity remains.”
Proper evidence gathering is key in getting convictions in court and presently the conviction rate is very low.