November 30, 2020 – Four additional Crime Scene Examiners, employed to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), are now certified by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as Crime Scene Analysts. This brings the total to eight (8) such trained persons at INDECOM and nine in Jamaica.
Tanesha Fagan, Le-Antonio Stephenson, Alex Cummings and Clayton Brown, completed their professional certification examinations in September 2020 and were recently notified and awarded certificates confirming their success. In 2017, five other members of INDECOM’s Crime Scene Unit successfully completed their certification, four of whom are still employed with the Commission.
Forensics is an evolving science and is a critical component of the incidents investigated by the Commission. International training and certification will bolster the individual confidence of the examiners and our stakeholders that we serve, as the Analysts can provide enhanced analysis and expert testimony for court cases.
The IAI Crime Scene Analyst certification is valid for five years. The first cohort of analysts will begin preparations for the next stage of their certifications, IAI Senior Crime Scene Analysts, in the new year. The Crime Scene Unit is also being trained in shooting reconstruction and microscopy. The Commission is grateful for the continued support of international donors who are committed to professional training and development.
The International Association for Identification is a professional membership organization, based in USA, comprised of individuals worldwide who work in the field of forensic identification. The IAI remains the oldest and largest forensic science/identification association in the world.