Jamaica to become Caribbean integrated ballistic identification system hub — Chang
Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang (File photo)
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaican Institute of Forensic Science and Forensic Medicine (IFSLM) is poised to become the hub of the Integrated Ballistic Identification System in the Caribbean region.
That’s according to National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang, who made the comment during his recent contribution to the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives.
Chang said this was made possible through the continuous upgrading of staff and facilities at IFSLM.
“We now have one of the best forensic science and forensic pathology institutes in the Western Hemisphere, which is comparable to any other in North America.
“Our crime management and investigative capabilities have improved significantly recently due to technological advancements in forensics,” Chang boasted.
The Minister of Security said that after some initial issues, “we have now completed the work necessary to get our DNA technology up and running and working optimally.”
He also said that Jamaica now has one of the best ballistics units, while the country’s pathology services will be significantly strengthened with the completion of a state-of-the-art forensic autopsy suite in during this exercise.
“Today, not only do we have the ability to serve Jamaican society, but also our Caribbean neighbors,” Chang said.
Meanwhile, he said the multi-million dollar autopsy suite which is being built on Orange Street in downtown Kingston is 15 per cent complete and expected to be ready within the financial year. In progress.