Forensic lab opens
The 12, 000 Square Feet Forensic Reference Laboratory was constructed at a cost of over one billion Guyana dollars; its opening Monday evening came after several delays and other problems. The laboratory promises to help law enforcement take more cases to trial, and lead to a greater number of successful prosecutions and eventual convictions.
The laboratory was constructed with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank, the IBD, under the Citizen’s Security Programme. The Bank’s Country Representative Sophie McKinnon said that forensic laboratories are crucial to the criminal justice system.
The building of itself has two floors, and it is the upper flat that houses the laboratory, which has four departments. Mr Anil Ramnath, the Programme Coordinator of the Citizen’s Security Progamme spoke of those four departments.
Minister of Home Affairs Mr Clement Rohee spoke of the decision to set up the lab on the grounds of the University of Guyana.
Head of Presidential Secretariat also spoke at the event and hailed the setting of the laboratory as a landmark achievement, saying it adds to the inventory of national institutions.
The lab was set up largely on the advice of Bajan forensic specialist Chery Corbin.