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Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Serious and Organised Crime, Les Green, has said that the improved forensic capability of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), including the use of a fingerprint system, is helping to apprehend offenders.
“The fingerprint system has identified one person, who has committed 30 offences around Kingston and St. Andrew. That person has now been brought to justice,” he informed at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Mandeville held on May 26 at the Golf View Hotel.
In addition to the fingerprint system, ACP Green pointed to improvements in photography, with digital equipment, which facilitates improved clarity in examining crime scenes.
The use of technology is being complemented by the work of some 58 forensic crime scene investigators, who have been trained to international standard. “They undertook 18 months of training in order to achieve very high international standard and two of them have now received accreditation as international experts in their field. The other 56 will follow shortly,” ACP Green informed.
He noted that while the use of technology will play its part in containing and reducing crime, persons who are witnesses to offences must come forward and disclose what they know.
“Despite how good we are going to become with our forensics, we are still going to need witnesses to give evidence and come to court. Trust and interest is very important and confidence in the police officers,” he stated.

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