Minister of National Security meets with forensic ballistics expert

Port of Spain: Bilateral efforts aimed at strengthening Trinidad and Tobago’s capacity in forensic ballistics analysis was the focus of discussion when Minister of National Security the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. met recently with Sergeant Miguel Bernard, ballistics forensic expert at the Jamaican Constabulary Force and Head of the Firearms and Toolmarks Examination Department at the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine in Jamaica.

The meeting took place on January 20, 2020 at the Ministry of National Security Office located at Tower C, International Waterfront Complex, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.

Discussions centred on the development and implementation of a ballistics software framework, to be adopted in the fight against the use of illicit small arms and light weapons in gang activity and firearm related crimes.

At the meeting, Minister Young thanked Sergeant Bernard for sharing his expertise in the area of ballistic forensics with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Science Centre. The Minister also took the opportunity to underscore his commitment to strengthening the capacity of agencies responsible for the investigation, evidence processing and prosecution of gang related crimes, homicides and firearms offences.

The National Security Minister also expressed his gratitude to the British High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago for their assistance in facilitating the meeting and for their continued collaboration on security matters of mutual interest.

Also present at the meeting were Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security Mr. Vel Lewis and other officials from the Ministry; representatives from the British High Commission to Trinidad and Tobago; and representatives from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America (UNLIREC).


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