Screen_Shot_2014-06-24_at_8.17.12_PMThe Belize Police Department has been riddled with challenges including lack of or limited resources, public relations, or worse, corruption. But perhaps one of their weakest links is the lack of capacitated scenes of crime investigators that has led to countless criminal cases to be thrown out of court and limited successful prosecutions. This may change to some level, or at least that is the hope, after all scenes of crime technicians in the country complete an intense one year training on Forensic Crime Scene Investigation.

The Training is being hosted by the National Forensic Science Service Department and the US Embassy. The Executive Director of the International Crime Scene Investigators Association, Hayden Baldwin, will facilitate the course. Baldwin has an impressive resume after working as Master Sergeant at the Illinois State Police, Supervisor and Head of Crime Scene, trained at the La Salle University in Mandeville LA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Crime Scene International. With the assistance of our colleagues from Krem in Belize City, we bring you what Baldwin says the technicians will be focusing on during the course in this morning’s launch.

Hayden Baldwin

“I think they do the job very well for what they have to work with; they are limited by equipment, they are limited by supplies, they are very limited by transportation to the scenes so there is a definite limitation that they currently have that will have to be resolve in order for them to go the next level.”

Before the launch this morning, Baldwin had visited Belize for an assessment of the capacity of Belize’s investigators.


hayden Baldwin

“Is the same standards as evidence as the basic as we are looking at photography, finger prints, pump prints, shoe impressions, going into impression evidence which is shoe prints, tire tracks, tool marks then into biological and trace evidence where they will use forensic light sources to look for fluids at the crime scenes, trace evidence that could be recovered an taken to the forensic laboratory for analysis and then changing the way in how they write their reports, make crime scenes sketches and the reading of the crime scene also part of that is the interpretation of the scene.”

The director of the National Forensic Science Service of Belize is former Compol David Henderson who stresses that the department stands firmly behind the officers. ‘

David Henderson -  Former Compol

“The person will be more equipped because they will be able to see each and every crime scene and be able to interpret it and know exactly what it means because each scene speaks for itself; it tells you what may have occurred or what may have not occurred, I know that the ministry is fully on board and they have committed their full support in ensuring that the unit maintain that standard and I know that the ministry has given us some great support since taking over in fact both the US government and the ministry had purchased the material for this training.”

The Belize Government is assisting in operations. The training is expected to be completed in April of next year.

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