25 to receive ballistic evidence training
Officers to receive ballistic training assemble at Police Training Academy.
Twenty-five officials from the Police Service and National Forensic Science Centre will receive ballistic training under a three-month programme.
The Firearm and Toolmark Examiner Training Programme was launched at the Police Training Academy in St James on Monday and is the first of its kind. It is aimed at increasing the cadre of firearm and tool mark examiners locally to speed up the processing of evidence relating to firearms used in criminal activities, particularly ballistic material comparisons.
It entails theoretical, progressive and practical course modules including evidence handling and examination, evidence evaluation, tool mark identification, firearm manufacture trends, ballistic projectile dynamics and reports writing.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, National Security Minister Stuart Young described the programme as an innovative step towards intelligence-driven operations with the use of technology in the fight against crime. He noted that it will support the TTPS in solving criminal cases and enable the quicker processing of evidence related to firearm offences.
The Minister also reminded course participants of their responsibility for improving T&T’s crime detection rate, stating that the data they generate in keeping with this training programme will strengthen the criminal prosecution process. He went on to thank the acting Director of the NFSC Derrick Sankar for conceptualizing the project.
Also delivering remarks was Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police McDonald Jacob, Provost of the Police Training Academy Dr Simon Alexis and Acting Director of the NFSC Derrick Sankar. All speakers welcomed the introduction of the programme and the anticipated bolstering of the criminal justice system.
Sankar is a trained forensic ballistic professional. He will be supported by other professional staff at the NFSC and from the TTPS. The course runs from June 1, 2020, to August 31, 2020, and will be conducted at the Police Training Academy in St James and the NFSC in St Clair.