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Forensic lab gets equipment to boost crime-solving capabilities

Published:Saturday | November 5, 2016 | 11:24 AM
In this file photo Corporals Davion Henderson (left), Rasalpha Stewart (centre) and Sheldon Goldson try out the new microscopes and DNA kits that were handed over at the Ballistics Comparison Forensic Science Laboratory

The State-run Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine has acquired a a scanning electron microscope valued approximately $42.3 million or US$328,000 to improve its analytical capability.

The state-of-the-art equipment enables the laboratory to better analyse evidence such as gunshot residue, paint and glass fragments, which are collected by the police from crime scenes.

It was provided by the United States Bureau of International Narcotics and law Enforcement Affairs, with support from the US Embassy in Jamaica.

The machine was presented to State Minister for National Security, Pearnel Charles Jr., by US Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Moreno, at the lab on Hope Boulevard, St. Andrew.

Senator Charles said it would greatly assist in strengthening the accuracy of investigations by the police and other law-enforcement agencies.

It will also provide stronger and more substantive empirical evidence for successful prosecution.