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  • The Cabinet submission for the formal merger of the Forensic Science Laboratory with the Legal Medicine Unit (LMU) is to be tabled in the first quarter of the 2014/15 fiscal year.
  • This is contained in a Ministry Paper tabled by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting.
  • It is proposed that the new entity will be named the ‘Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine.

The Cabinet submission for the formal merger of the Forensic Science Laboratory with the Legal Medicine Unit (LMU) is to be tabled in the first quarter of the 2014/15 fiscal year.

This is contained in a Ministry Paper tabled by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 13.

It is proposed that the new entity will be named the ‘Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine. “It is to be noted that the two entities have already functionally merged, with the LMU functioning as the Department of Pathology,” the Ministry Paper said.

The Paper states that the operational efficiencies being realised from the de facto merger will be increased with the formal merger.

“As a result of the merger, there will be a gradual replacement of police personnel with civilian staff as well as the removal of the entity from being a unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force,” the Ministry Paper said.