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US embassy donates eight forensic vehicles to Jamaica

Published:Thursday | September 11, 2014 | 9:53 AM

The country’s crime scene investigators will be better able to carry out their duties going forward, thanks to a donation by the United States Embassy.

The Embassy has donated eight forensic vans, which will be used by investigators attached to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

Five of the vehicles are earmarked for use by the JCF, while INDECOM gets the other three.

Funding for the vehicles came from the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL).

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Devon Watkis said the vehicles will be of great help in improving criminal investigations by both entities.

Chargé d’ Affairs at the US Embassy, Elizabeth Martinez said the assistance will not stop with the delivery of the vans.

According to Martinez, through the INL, crime scene investigators will also receive improved training as the US government increases its support for Jamaica’s criminal investigators.

The vehicles were handed over in a ceremony yesterday.

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