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Permanent Secretaries (Ag) of the Ministry of National Security Nataki Atiba-Dilchan, left, Gary Joseph, Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag) Denise Phillip and Director (Ag) of the Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Science Centre Derrick Sankar.

Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds yesterday met the management and staff of the Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Science Centre (TTFSC) in St James yesterday to discuss the ongoing upgrade of infrastructure at the facility. He also reminded them how important their work is in the crime detection rate.

During his visit, Hinds thanked all members of staff for the service they provide.

According to a statement from the Ministry of National Security, Hinds first met with TTFSC management to discuss the ongoing upgrade of infrastructure at the facility, the organisation’s work programme, geared to quickening the processing of evidence relating to firearms used in criminal activities, particularly ballistic material comparisons, as well as the recently operationalised DNA Modular Unit, which will be responsible for generating DNA profiles for prosecuting criminal matters in court.

Hinds noted that the Forensic Science Centre is an essential element of the country’s crime fighting arsenal, adding that the work conducted by its staff contributes significantly to enhancing the criminal justice system.

He stated that the various analyses they generate will strengthen the criminal prosecution process.

The National Security Minister also encouraged staff to remain committed to executing their duties and assured them that the ministry’s executive is in frequent contact with the Forensic Science Centre leadership and is working to address the operational challenges identified.

The Minister thanked all members of staff for the service they provide and reminded them of their responsibility to improve this country’s crime detection rate.