INDECOM to establish own crime lab
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is moving to establish facilities to do its own ballistics testing.
INDECOM said Wednesday that a British grant is allowing the agency to buy a comparison microscope, hire a ballistics expert and create an in-house lab at a cost of $555,000.
Commissioner Terrence Williams said that the changes will help investigators "close cases in a timely manner."
It takes months or even years to analyse ballistics evidence at the under-equipped government crime lab.
The independent commission started operations in August 2010. It now has more than 1,500 cases of alleged abuse cases dating back to 2008.