Hamil­ton needs new foren­sics cen­tre

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Fer­gu­son has foren­sic cen­tre card up his sleeve (July 6)

A civil­ian foren­sic den­tist for 30-plus years in­volved in homi­cide, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, child and se­nior abuse cases for mu­nic­i­pal, pro­vin­cial and in­ter­na­tional po­lice ser­vices, I feel our Hamil­ton Po­lice Ser­vice re­quires a mod­ern foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory. With train­ing and in­vi­ta­tions from Amer­i­can agen­cies such as the FBI Academy (Quan­tico) and the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA), I have seen what oth­ers have.

Re­spond­ing in New York City to help iden­tify vic­tims at the World Trade Cen­ter 15 years ago, that city’s labs then hugely sur­passed what we have in Hamil­ton to­day! Hamil­to­ni­ans would be stunned know­ing we have noth­ing even close to a CSI com­pa­ra­ble lab­o­ra­tory.

Apart from city coun­cil’s fund­ing re­quests from out­side gov­ern­ments, facts re­main that Hamil­ton needs an up-to-date foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory.

Coun. Lloyd Fer­gu­son ac­cu­rately stated, “the world of foren­sics has changed” and Hamil­to­ni­ans def­i­nitely needs a mod­ern cen­tre “un­der one roof ” in­stead of de­pend­ing on out­sourc­ing. Hav­ing seen what ex­ists in other ju­ris­dic­tions, Hamil­to­ni­ans would be stunned by what our in­ves­ti­ga­tors have to work with, putting ma­jor cases in se­ri­ous po­ten­tial jeop­ardy.

Cur­rent court pro­to­col re­quires three sep­a­rate foren­sic ev­i­dence re­sults; one each for the vic­tim, the ac­cused and the crime scene. This ne­ces­si­tates proper mod­ern equip­ment. A res­o­lu­tion must be reached by Hamil­ton coun­cil­lors to as­sure Hamil­to­nian’s public safety. A new foren­sic cen­tre would go a long way to bring­ing Hamil­ton into the 21st cen­tury.

Dr. Frank Stechey

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