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Antigua and Barbuda’s Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney has made a call for the government to construct a new state of the art forensics laboratory in the country. According to Commissioner Atlee Rodney, the police force having their own forensics lab would help to improve the investigations into some cases as, currently, when samples are sent overseas for analysis, they are not given priority.

“Forensics plays a critical role in investigations in modern day. There is a lot of trace evidence that you can get. There is a lot of things that you can analyse for DNA. It is a powerful tool and we need that type of technology, we need that type of science to assist us in the investigation,” he told Observer.

“It is an expensive venture and we sometimes use money as the excuse of not doing it, but it is critical. Some of the crimes that these developed countries have to solve, we have to solve the same as well, so we would like to have that at our disposal,” Rodney said.

Sending samples overseas, Rodney said, is an expensive and limited practice as they can only send a few items at a time.

“When we have to rely on them there is a cost. Even when it is the FBI, we are responsible to get the officer up there, which means he has to get a hotel; it is a costly venture. When we go to Jamaica, we have to carry the cost of getting the officer to Jamaica but also paying for the services at the lab. It is an expensive venture,” Rodney reiterated.

Top cop calls for creation of local forensics lab to help solve more crime  Antigua Observer


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