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Call for hi-tech crime-fighting

MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

Call for hi-tech crime-fighting

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Barbados needs its own independent CSIs (crime scene investigators).

Forensic consultant Mark Sargeant explained that this would not only bring more credibility to crime-fighting, but it would also speed up court cases.

Sargeant, who is also an accident reconstructionist, said that the Royal Barbados Police Force was relying too much on eyewitness reports and pointed out that it had now become the norm for the force to issue public statements appealing for eyewitnesses to crimes or accidents to come forward.

Two weeks ago Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith lamented that eyewitnesses were not coming forward to share information with the police about crimes.

But Sargeant said given the reluctance of Barbadians to do this, the force should rely more on the analyses of physical evidence through forensic science. (MB)

Please read the full story in the Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.