WIA challenges PM on government support for forensic lab

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WIA challenges PM on government support for forensic lab

The United Workers Party Women in Action (WIA) is concerned with the technical expertise and capacity of the forensic laboratory in light of the many murders that remain unsolved to date.

Approximately $10,000,000 was spent on the construction and commissioning of equipping of what is a state-of-the-art forensic laboratory.

WIA understands that after the contract of the senior forensic scientists responsible for crime scene, trace evidence and forensic biology was terminated in January 2012, the contract of a visiting American forensic consultant was also discontinued.

The other scientist who was considered senior, then proceeded on study and maternity leave, the lab remains largely unmanned and idle except for the director and two junior forensic scientists who do not possess the necessary case work and crime scene management expertise to provide critical support to the Royal St. Lucia Police Force and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, which was the main reason for the establishment of the lab.

We accept that crime is a reality in this world. However, we ask the prime minister who has the ultimate responsibility for the safety and security of all citizens, along with minister of national security and the minister of health, how many more women must die without hope of resolution to their murder?

How long will the families of the women wonder “Is the murderer sitting amongst us?”

Is the government of the St. Lucia Labour Party going to allow murders to go unsolved because they have decided that affirmative action is the order of the day, even when it comes to the appointment of trained forensic scientists?

On behalf of the women and people of St. Lucia we are imploring the prime minister to speedily appoint trained and experienced scientists, even though he may have to import the expertise, to give the people of this nation some comfort with regards to crime management under the government of the St. Lucia Labour Party.

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  1. If they would stop focussing on providing stupid scholarships for economics and accounting and allow many can poo able individuals the opportunities to further their education in the field we would not be in that state

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  2. In Town TooL you are apparently unaware of the true historical evidence. The forensic service was allowed to collapse in 2005 at the crucial time when the new laboratory was being built. That forensic service was reinstated in 2007 by the then government in office at that time. The delay was due to a decision taken then to include a DNA Unit, not part of the original plans. The new lab opened in 2009 to provide 6 services, having been equipped and staffed by the then government in office. In 2012 saw the collapse of five of those services due to staffing issues. Today four of those six services remained unmanned

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  3. InTownToLong suspect that you have been a hack too long. It is true that the lab was constucted during the SLP reign. The UWP staffed it. So then why would the SLP then return to office then fire all the experts and send the the country back to square 1? Are you one of those who continue to blame all other people when you are in office. I am afraid you will never see a problem with the current govenment accounting unless it reaches home. sad, sad, sad. Hope the government pays for your medicals and funeral.

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  4. St Lucia DOES NOT HAVE the expertise - so BRING it in. There is more loss of face in doing nothing (and deterring tourism) than asking for assistance. Forget personal egos - consider the wider issues here.

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  5. Considering the fact that the SLP administration began efforts to establish the forensic lab in the first place, prior to being voted out in 2006 and the undeniable historical evidence that during its five-year stint the UWP regime (true to character - discontinuing every initiative of the SLP) failed to grab that baton and run with it, what's up UWPWIA? How much more disingenuous can you get?

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  6. you mean to say there are no brainbox police officer in the force that can run that forensic lab...come on kenny send for the scotland yards to help solve those murders on our island,because it seems our police officer are not capable of finding those killers. so many unsolved murders..bring in the FBI OR SCOTLAND YARDS WE NEED HELP..

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  7. or should one ask whether the leaders themselves r the perps of crime. therefore when forensics r gathered, one must know the criminals.......them hiding sumting or what?

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  8. Is it only because of dead women those party suckers are parading for expertise in the lab??? Is it only for women must this lab be really used for??? They should have asked how many more men have to die before the lab is in full operation because lately men are killed way more frequently than women...

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  9. Is it only because of dead women those party suckers are parading for expertise in the lab??? Is it only for women must this lab be really used for??? They should have asked how many more men have to die before the lab its in full operation

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  10. Termination of contract and discontinuation of appointment? Wow. This news was being kept out of the public awareness all the time. It is time for us to begin to ask those in authority questions about the operation of the forensic facility.

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