Directorate of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti on Friday announced that the new forensic laboratory would begin operations in two months.
Lab to begin operations in 2 months - DCI Kinoti
State of the art lab set to enhance fight against crime
Kinoti, who spoke when he hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta during a visit to the DCI offices, stated that the lab would start functioning once the Biological, Chemistry, Toxiological and DNA labs are equipped.
“I noticed gaps in terms of crime research that impaired seriously on criminal intelligence and general crime management,” remarked Kinoti.
The DCI boss further noted that the National Police Forensic structure, which is located at the headquarters on Kiambu road, would help in the fight against crime and enhance successful prosecution of cases.
“We will be able to do proper investigations; we will back up what we have done with scientific proof,” explained Kinoti.
Foreign laboratories in South Africa and Europe
The move to construct the new lab was arrived at, after it was noted that many criminal cases had gone unsolved.
The police had relied on foreign laboratories to conduct tests for evidence on issues under probe. For instance, toxicological tests were done either in South Africa or in Europe.
The government in 2017, had allocated Sh38.5 million to the police unit where Sh1.6 billion was used in the construction of the medical facility, in a bid to improve its operations in the next three years.
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