Monday 16 September, 2019

TTPS moving to acquire own Forensic Science Department

The Police Service is in the process of acquiring its own Forensic Science Department to allow investigators to treat with crime scene investigation, including forensic testing for live rounds being fired and DNA testing.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith made the revelation following a call from advocacy group Fixing T&T for priority to be placed on ballistic testing.

Griffith agreed that there is an undue delay in the process for results from the Forensic Science Centre (FSC).

He noted that where results would take six days elsewhere, in Trinidad and Tobago, the results may take six years.

The Police Commissioner said he has already contacted the FSC and requested that these matters be prioritised and was given an assurance that they would be.

Griffith believes if the police has its own Forensic Science Department, this will lighten some of the FSC’s burden.

He made it clear, however, that matters relating to police shootings will be dealt with by the Forensic Science Centre and not the TTPS.

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