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Two Jamaican policemen created history today (March 18) when they became the first two crime-fighters from the region to be accredited by the United States based-International Crime Scene Investigators Association.
They are Forensic Crime Scene Investigators, Detective Inspectors Cecil J. Clarke and Lloyd L. Crawford.
Executive Director of the International Crime Scene Investigators Association, Hayden Baldwin, in presenting the certificates to the policemen at a ceremony held at the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT) headquarters downtown Kingston, informed that they had successfully met all the requirements to be certified.
By Mr. Baldwin’s own assertion, the path to becoming accredited was not an easy one. In achieving this historic feat, Detective Inspectors Clarke and Crawford have, apart from meeting some basic requirements, successfully completed at least 50 hours of crime scene processing; passed a comprehensive written examination of 100 questions, and a written test of a mock burglary, among other things.
Head of the MIT, under which the Forensic Investigative Unit falls, Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green, seized the occasion to applaud the two accredited policemen.
ACP Green revealed that 56 additional investigators have been trained and mentored in the field and were well on their way to becoming accredited by the renowned international organisation. He disclosed that the Jamaica Constabulary Force was working towards having 300 accredited Forensic Crime Scene Investigators in the shortest possible time.
According to the senior policeman, “when we conduct forensic examination, it doesn’t just take place in a matter of minutes. It can take hours if not days to complete properly,” he said, noting that examination of crime scenes was becoming longer and more detailed.
ACP Green disclosed that the skills honed in this highly specialised area, had enabled investigators to churn out a higher number of forensic evidence in the courts, since the unit was established in 2006. “We have increased the forensic evidence that have been found as a result of a very thorough investigation, not only by the investigators in the Corporate Area, but the rural areas as well,” he informed.
He revealed that the MIT has established a mentorship programme to train new scene of crime officers, to expose them to additional experience and knowledge in relation to forensic awareness, and enhance their ability to search, find and retrieve forensic evidence.
In the meantime, he told JIS News that there was increased appreciation for the preservation of crime scenes, not only by crime scene investigators, but by residents in affected communities as well.
“What I find is that we have some problems with crime scene preservation but that’s not necessarily from the public, and we are continuing to improve on how we preserve the crime scenes,” ACP Green said.
The International Crime Scene Investigators Association, which is headquartered in Illonois, seeks, among other things, to encourage the exchange of information useful in crime-scene related matters.
It also aims to improve on the level of expertise in the field by providing timely answers through membership participation and to provide members with articles on crime scene-related matters that will improve their skills.

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