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INDECOM to establish own crime lab

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 7:36 PM    

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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.

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