Tuesday, June 24, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Belize’s Scenes of Crime technicians began a one-year training today sponsored by the U.S. Embassy which intends to raise their knowledge and practical application of crime scene investigative techniques to the highest standard.
Hayden Baldwin, the Executive Director of the International Crime Scene Investigators Association, says that with its limitations, particularly in equipment, manpower and transportation, Belize has been doing fairly well.
The National Forensic Science Service has capability in testing drugs as well as firearms, blood, urine and other key secretions and liquids.
According to Baldwin and NFSS Executive Director David Henderson, the entire complement of the Service will participate in the course going up to next April, covering everything from analysis of key items at crime scenes to reconstruction and report writing.
Henderson, a former Commissioner of Police, told us that everyone will be expected to keep up, as those who fall short cannot stay on.
Henderson says the Ministry of National Security has committed to purchasing and sourcing the necessary equipment needed by the Service.
And the help cannot come a moment too soon for what is still by far the largest canvas on which crime occurs in Belize – Belize City.
Assistant Commissioner Miguel Segura, head of Eastern Division, says too many things are missed that may prove the difference between conviction and acquittal.
To ensure that crime scene work continues the NFSS employees will be rotated in three shifts for three days’ training at a time.
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