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Ballistics experts in training return to Jamaica with US certification

Published:Monday | September 15, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Sheldon Williams, Staff Reporter

Three police corporals who are being trained as ballistics experts recently returned to the island to bolster the capabilities of the government forensic laboratory.

After completing a six-week course in the United States, corporals Davion Henderson, Rasalpha Stewart and Sheldon Gordon were certified as firearms and toolmarks examiners by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Maryland.

"The training was necessary because we need to be exposed to the international standard of doing firearm and toolmark examinations.The way they look at bullets, cartridge cases and different components of firearms, " Gordon said.

He told The Gleaner that training helped to fill gaps in their capabilities.

"We were probably at 65 per cent knowing what to do exactly, but with the training we are better able to do the work in terms of microscopic comparison and stuff and comparison of bullet and cartridge trainings," Gordon said.