National Forensics Laboratory to be handed over to DCI at the end of June

The Directorate of Criminal investigations (DCI) will install an Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) to help in expediting the process of resolving cases where firearms have been used in the commission of crimes.

The Director of Criminal Investigations, Ndegwa Muhoro said that the department was in the process of capturing ballistic signature of all state owned firearms and those of civilians licensed to hold firearms to contain misuse of the same.

Muhoro said the system was part of the security sector reforms aimed at implementing key strategies necessary for transformation and modernization of the sector.

He further said that in strengthening crime management, the department has constructed National Forensics Laboratory which was 98 percent complete and the contractor was expected to handover the project to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations by the end of this month.

Muhoro said the new lab would handle DNA analysis, testing for narcotics and other illegal substances, forensics in arson cases, polygraphs, ballistic tests, document authentication, handwriting analysis, blood-stain analysis and 3-D facial recognition.

The next phase of this project will entail equipping, staffing of competent officers, training, accreditation of the facility to global standards, and devolving forensic services to counties and sub-counties, said the Director.

He said that the facility was constructed to the tune Shs.1.7 billion and was among key government flagship project under the security sector reforms, saying its full operation would be a major milestone in aiding investigations in the country.

Muhoro was speaking on Friday at KICC Nairobi during the launch of the 2015-2020 strategic plan for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, saying its implementation was part the Vision 2030 projects under the security sector.

He said that the strategic plan, which also outlined the implementation of police reforms, would positively transform the department and modernise it to meet international standards.

Clearance certificate can now be done online through the eCitizen portal. After processing, the certificate is uploaded on the same portal for the applicant to download and print. We are making an open commitment to the people of Kenya that we want to serve them better. We want to offer them a more progressive Directorate and NPS, he added.

He urged the officers attached to the unit to be professional, saying that the department aimed at being the center of excellence in criminal investigations and intelligence, nationally, regionally and internationally.

Muhoro said through the National Police Service reforms, the Directorate has made achievements in the forensics field, including having the automated criminal registry through Automated Palm and Fingerprints Identification System (APFIS) project.

We have digitised more than two million criminal records. Searching has therefore switched from manual to electronic improving our efficiency in searching criminal records, he added.

To improve and ride on intelligence led policing, Muhoro said the department has continued to expand capacity in terms of human capital and equipment, and that 12 intelligent solutions had been deployed in several divisions within Nairobi County and six regions outside Nairobi.

While launching the strategic plan, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government (CS), Major General (Rtd), Joseph Nkaissery said the venture was necessary in the business of policing, outlining and expediting investigations.

Nkaisserry said that as crime continues to get sophisticated across boundaries, police must transform and be modern to tackle security issues.

Like everyone else, criminals are leveraging on the digital opportunities to propagate their enterprises. This calls for equally sophisticated broad view response from law enforcement agencies, said the CS.

He also said that the strategic plan is a key tool to be used in addressing challenges confronting the security in the country.

Speaking at the event, Independent Police Oversight Authority Chairman, Macharia Njeru said that the plan would enhance better policing and provide better services.

The strategic plan was produced through the technical support of non-governmental organization Jamii Bora Thabiti program with funding from the United Kingdom.

Source: Kenya News Agency