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Contact: Primus Hutchinson

Wednesday, June 05, 2002 - Three experts from a Barbados-based British funding agency, the Department for International Development (DFID), are assisting the St. Lucia Royal Police Force in their Development Reform Project. The experts are on island to assist the local lawmen in enhancing their crime detection and fingerprinting programme. This is part of an effort to ensure that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force continues to provide better service to the general public.

St. Lucia’s Police Commissioner, Brian Bernard, says that DFID has generously agreed to finance the training programme and that the three consultants would be reorganizing the local Criminal Record Office. They would also be assisting in the training of fourteen crime scene officers. This new training Bernard says, will greatly enhance the capability of the police to investigate matters and to make more effective presentations to the courts.

Mike Thompson is a fingerprint expert with thirty years experience and is one of the three consultants who are here to assist the Royal St. Lucia Police Force. Thompson indicated that he and his colleagues were happy to facilitate this training that would enhance the efficiency and professional ability of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force.

The two other consultants are Peter Boyd, a Scenes Crime Training Instructor and John Yench, Crime Scene Manager and Examiner.


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