No need to rely on confession

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 18 January 2013

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STRESSING the need to avoid over reliance on confessions to solve crime, Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin, has urged lawmen to remember the importance of science, technology and the collection of evidence. Speaking at a “Crime Scene First Responder” course conducted by the Regional Security System (RSS) at Paragon base in Christ Church yesterday evening, Dottin reminded the 28 participants that any case based solely on admissions, could collapse easily. He said that confessions could feed public perception of unethical behaviour by police officers, adding that he was pleased that the time was coming soon for the electronic recording of interviews with suspects, that would engender the trust the country seeks. Dottin, this island’s top cop since September 2003, said the four day stint which was sponsored by the Canadian Government, was more than just a training course but was a chance to improve regional capacity. The Commissioner said courses like those were important in the fight against crime and disorder which he said stunts economic development and erodes the quality of life. (MK)

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