The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has bolstered its capacity to gather evidence from complex crime scenes–while maintaining the highest legal standards–with the successful completion of an intensive, week-long training program by over 30 officers.

The graduates were celebrated at a ceremony on March 8th at the National Police College of Jamaica. The course, titled “Evidence Collection Training,” was a collaborative effort between the Jamaican Government, the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) office of the United States Embassy in Jamaica, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, who hailed the dedication and hard work of the participants, highlighted the critical importance of proper evidence collection in criminal investigations. He emphasized that it serves as the foundation for establishing facts, proving or disproving allegations and ensuring justice.

“Without accurate and admissible evidence, the integrity of criminal investigations may be compromised potentially leading to unjust outcomes. As law enforcement officers, we must understand how to source the best evidence and ensure that the integrity of the evidence is not compromised,” said DCP Bailey.

DCP Bailey expressed gratitude to the U.S. government for its partnership. “I believe that the criminal justice system has been enhanced by this experience and that Jamaica will become safer,” stated DCP Bailey.

The US Ambassador to Jamaica, N. Nick Perry, echoed DCP Bailey’s sentiments. “The United States government remains committed to partnering with Jamaica and its law enforcement to provide capacity building assistance to combat organised crime and improve citizen security,” he said.

According to Perry, the collection of evidence lies at the heart of robust law enforcement and the training will allow for more criminals who threaten the safety and security of citizens to be held accountable for their actions and the hurt they cause victims.

“Each piece of evidence collected tells a story, whether it is a fingerprint, strand of hair or digital footprint. Every detail matters and these pieces of information when collected with the proper skills can make a breakthrough in cases,” statePerry. 

The JCF’s commitment to evidence collection excellence allows for accurate case reconstruction, perpetrator identification, and the development of strong cases that withstand legal scrutiny.