By Our Reporter
The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) on Friday donated two 3D Laser Crime Scene imagers worth Shs150 million each to the Uganda Police’s Directorate of ICT. The other donation was 30 motorcycles to help SOCOs reach the crime scene on time.
The donation was received at the Directorate of ICT ‘s Research, Development and Innovation Centre at Kikandwa in Wakiso district by the AG Director Forensic Services, SP Andrew Mubiru.
This was at a function to pass out 60 Scene of Crime Officers (SOCOs) after a two weeks of upgrading their capabilities on matters scene of crime.
Ms Lucy Ladira, the Adviser in charge Criminal Justice at JLOS while presiding over the pass out of participants, as chief guest, told them to put the knowledge acquired from the training into good practice for the good benefit of the community and achieve justice but also put the donation to good use. She urged them to always be current and learn new things since technology keeps changing. Ms Ladira pledged to continue supporting the directorate with up to date tools to gather evidence.
SP Mubiru while addressing participants said:
“In upgrading your capabilities and knowledge which we refer to as up skilling, we give you an understanding of the new technologies that are coming through and we emphasize the issues of meticulousness, being thorough at the work you do because you are the start of the criminal justice process.”
He added, “You are a key support element in our investigation processes. Therefore, you are required to have a high ethical and moral standard because you are dealing with an area where you are your own supervisor at the scene of crime. If you are recover an exhibit or anything of evidential value like money, nobody is going to be there to superintend over you in terms of what you do. Next you should be able to move on your own principles. So, be ethical, professional and conduct yourself with high level of integrity.
A 3D Laser Crime Scene Imager is one of the most popular tool used in scanning technology. It’s a giant leap forward in investigative technology. Recording millions of measurements, along with panoramic photography, to capture everything within its line-of-site. Now, investigators can virtually return to the crime scene to examine the viewpoints and extract essential data when examining evidence in court. 3D laser scanning technology also gives prosecutors another shot at the crime scene long after it has been cleaned.