2024-07-13

Police Commissioner calls for hard work among crime scenes investigators

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Police Commissioner for Northern Region Rhoda Manjolo has called for hard work among Crime Scenes Investigators in fighting crime.

Manjolo made the call on March 14, 2023 when she opened a two days orientation course for officers drawn from general duties across the Northern Region to be trained as Crime Scenes Investigators.

She said Police management saw the gaps that existed especially in the area of managing crime scenes which she said led to some cases being lost in courts.

Commissioner Manjolo stressed that it was because of this background that these Officers have been carefully chosen from their respective stations to fill the gaps.

“I urge you to show management that you can deliver otherwise you will be dropped from the branch”, she emphasized.

The commissioner asked the officers to use the knowledge gained through this orientation to help the MPS solve challenging crimes such as defilement, rape, murder and robberies among others.

“This training will equip you with knowledge and skills in modern investigations, please go and perform”, she added.

Speaking earlier, Regional Criminal Investigations Officer (RCIO) superintendent Simeons Kamisa lamented lack of proper equipment for Officers in the scenes of crime to effectively discharge their duties.

Said Kamisa; “Training Officers without having the right equipment is detrimental to proper crime scenes investigations”,

He further said Investigating crime without managing the scene is also not the right thing to do.

The senior Regional detective however asked the participants to keep in mind that crime scene investigations is their priority and should not disappoint Police management.

Kamisa advised them not to deviate from the core purpose but show seriousness to duty at all times. He cited crimes such as human trafficking, illegal migration, robberies and theft as some of the daunting task ahead of them and should not hesitate to arrest when they see anyone commit them.

During the orientation, the participants will be drilled on how to secure crime scenes, how to identify potential evidence and how to collect and bring it to the laboratory for analysis among other topics.

22 Officers are attending the orientation which is being facilitated by National Police Headquarters team led by National Crime Scenes Coordinator for the MPS Assistant Superintendent Gwendolini Umali.

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