Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 05, 2019 (RSCNPF): A two-week Fingerprint Crime Scene Workshop is underway as part of continued training for the members of staff in the Forensics Department. The training will further develop their skills and knowledge in fingerprint analysis.

The course commenced on Monday (November 04) and is being held at the Police Training School.  It will conclude on November 15. Topics to be covered include fingerprint patterns and premises, note taking and proper documentation, digital capture and fingerprint, as well as crime scene processing. The participants will also have practical sessions at the Forensics Lab in Tabernacle.

At the opening ceremony, Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for the Crime Directorate, Andre Mitchell, declared the workshop open.  He encouraged the participants to absorb the information that will be disseminated.

“For the next two weeks you will be focused on the area of fingerprints where the records show some gaps exists…we are seeking to close the gap so at the end of the day your all-around efforts can be more robust. I want to wish you every success in your training and urge that you give it your fullest attention and commitment…pay full attention to what will be disseminated so that the end of the day your skills will be sharpened and your knowledge based improved.”

He also thanked course facilitator, Inspector Elvis Cordice from The Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police force for taking time out of his busy schedule to facilitate this important course.

Director of Forensics, Latoya Lake-Marshall, said that courses such as this will continue to modernize the services offered by the department. She thanked Inspector Cordice and the High Command for making the course possible.

“Policing now has stepped up, it is no longer the old-time method alone. It has to be merged with technology and in order for us to fight crime, we have to work as a team,” she said.