(L-R) Kathrina Graham, Peter Parkinson, Alicia Brown, Philip Anderson and Deniece Beaumont-Walters are seen smiling after officially receiving their IAI Certifications at a Commendation Ceremony held at The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in New Kingston, in July.

July 31, 2017 – Five Crime Scene Examiners at the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), attached to the Forensic Unit, are now the first IAI Certified Crime Scene Analysts in Jamaica.

Deniece Beaumont-Walters, Alicia Brown, Kathrina Graham, Philip Anderson and Peter Parkinson applied and were notified of their success in the examinations for professional certifications from the International Association for Identification (IAI) in June. These candidates have been with the Commission for four to six years, and are all holders of academic degrees, with four having Masters in Forensic Science.

Speaking at a Commendation Luncheon, held this month, to congratulate the representatives, Head of INDECOM, Commissioner Terrence Williams noted that professional certification for the members of the Forensic Unit was always a goal once funding became available. “Continuous technical training of all members of INDECOM’s Operational Divisions is something I strongly believe in. Forensics has become even more critical in many of the incidents that we investigate and so certification from an international body will also reassure persons that our team is adequately trained and experienced in their fields. The Department for International Development (DFID), one of our international donor funders, continues to support the development of the Commission.”

In preparation for certification, each crime scene examiner had to have a minimum of three (3) years in crime scene related activities and had to complete a minimum of 96 hours of Crime Scene Certification Board approved instruction in crime scene related courses within the last five (5) years. The candidates then had to achieve an overall score of 75% or more in a 4-hour multiple choice exam consisting of 300 questions.

The IAI Crime Scene Analyst Certification is valid for five years.

The International Association for Identification is a professional membership organization, based in Florida, 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. The successful INDECOM candidates have been members of the association since 2014.