THE capability of Forensics officers in the Royal Solomon Islands Police in the use of fingerprint technology to strengthen evidence has been boosted with the completion of a two-day training workshop on new fingerprint technology.
The training held October 12-13 was conducted by a trainer from United Kingdom specialised in operating equipment called MVC 3000 fingerprint development Supa Glue chamber.
“The new current forensic lab at the Rove Police Headquarters has a highly sensitive fingerprint development chamber to develop fingerprint on exhibits using vaporised Supa Glue,” says Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Crime, Vincent U’upwe.
“The methodology increases the quality and success rate of fingerprint development compared to the traditional powder application.
“It also enables RSIPF trained fingerprint experts to chemically develop fingerprint on paper and on surface that have trace of blood on them.
“These new forensic evidence techniques will increase the capability of the RSIPF to investigate crime and provide reliable science based physical evidence to our judicial system.
“We also have the ability to search digital fingerprint data base and provide rapid identification that will assist investigators with vital intelligences and evidence.
“With the current facilities that we have in the new Forensic complex here at the Rove Police Headquarters, our forensic capability is up to the standards in the South Pacific Region.”
The two-day training programme is one of several being planned to familiarise staff of the Forensic Department of the RSIPF with the new technology introduced with the completion of the new Forensic lab constructed with assistance of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) which ended in June this year.