Trainers and participants after the training programme. (Police PR photo)

The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force has broadened its pool of crime scene investigators.

Nine members of the local constabulary have graduated after successfully participating in the “Introduction to Crime Scene Photography, Identifying and Recovery of Fingerprints 1/18”.

The successful participants are Sergeant Juanna Holder and Constables Colville Frederick, Desborn Douglas, Eclan Glasgow, Sean Roache, Devon Horne, Elroy Quammie, Esron Simmons and Ken-I Diamond.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Carlos Sampson praised course coordinator, Station Sergeant Brian Archibald, for conceptualising the programme and for training the police officers in the specialisation.

Sampson said he would like to see more law enforcement officers who have been trained in highly skilled areas coming forward to train their fellow officers.

Delivering remarks, Archibald said: “This training, I can assure you, will be effective in advancing our efforts in fighting crime in a more professional and effective manner and allow for more of our officers to be equipped with the necessary knowledge to perform their duties.”

The programme, which ran from Feb. 19-28, covered the following topics: laws relating to fingerprints; history of fingerprinting; fingerprinting system; theory of powering, lifting, continuity and security; photograph, fingerprint exercises; fingerprint recovery; fingerprinting cadavers; ten prints and health and safety/crime scene.

9 replies on “Police train new crime scene investigators”

  1. They could graduate as much as they want without forensic science and cameras installed in hot spots to catch the masked criminal, all will be in vain. In addition, once the hang man is on long leave it is open season on law abiding vincetians and tourist.

  2. Well NATIONALIST you give them some forensic science equipment and cameras nuh….. You ppl try so hard to tear down your own instead of trying to contribute positively and build up each other. It’s no wonder other races look down on us.

  3. Agustus Carr says:

    Excellent move. Deploy Crime Scene Officers at all of your stations they will help improve the quality of your cases. Unfortunately, reliance on finger printing is diminishing.

    We need to focus more on DNA Evidence, CCTV, Tire tracks, Shoe print expression, Gun Shot Residue (GSR), Telephone Data. All these evidence loop together can make a compelling case.

    DNA can even be use in the fight against pradial larceny where animals are stolen.

  4. The force needs to go through a continuous assessment process and department heads including the commissioner must be held accountable to the public. Given the training these officers have garnered, there should be within a six-month period some improvement in crime detection rate and the apprehension of suspects in a timely manner.

    We can’t help to ponder, when last has the Commissioner held a press conference to answer questions regarding the issue of serious aggravated crimes especially murder, house breaking and robbery. Law abiding Vincentians are concerned deeply and we need answers as to the future safety of our society.

  5. Leon Browne says:

    Securing the crime scene and preservation of evidence gathered is of utmost importance, it is a step in the right direction. We should be aiming to include all the things mentioned with a solid and scalable database. We definitely need a crime lab that will able to do all of these things and ballistic testing. It’s a start and we must welcome it

  6. Fingerprints without a database of finger prints doesn’t really offer much to be honest. You can get prints but if you don’t have any file to compare it to, then how can you find anyone?

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