On Friday, October 12th, Hon. Diane Ablonczy, CanadianForensic Lab now has Ballistic Identification Capacity. Minister of State of Foreign Affairs handed over a state of the art Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS) to Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security. The donation was made in April 2012 and it took 6 months for the delivery to be made.
Worth over two million dollars, the system is capable of taking two and three dimensional images of expended bullet shells that are retrieved from crime scenes. These are then stored in a database and can be quickly and precisely compared to others, which have been previously collected and stored. Cross referencing of this type of forensic information gives law enforcement personnel better capacity of linking gun crimes. Aside from the IBIS, the Canadian Government will also provide training in the use of the equipment. They have also committed to the training of one officer in the area of Serology which is the study of blood serum.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Minister John Saldivar explained that Government has taken on the task of developing "a road map which will chart the path for a more synchronized approach to the wider donor contribution effort." Hon. Saldivar also pointed out that Government is also engaging friendly nations to improve the crime fighting capabilities of the country. Already, talks have been engaged with the British, Canadian, Mexican and U.S. Governments.
On the local front of crime fighting, Minister Saldivar stated that recruits will soon be added to the Police, BDF, and the Coast Guard to improve security coverage. Additional resources will also be extended to other districts across the country, in particular Cayo and Stann Creek. Even now legislation is being looked at to limit the bail of repeat offenders and the implementation of a sex offenders’ registry and monitoring system. Along with these efforts, there will also be improved coordination between the police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Other measures are also being looked at to deal with corrupt police officers in an expeditious manner.
Additionally, Hon. Saldivar said that "Our intelligence architecture will be revamped into a fusion center that will host a new Counter Intelligence Unit, and the proposed National Crime and Violence Trends Observatory (which would endeavor to conduct more in-depth analysis and primary research projects on crime and violence trends across the country)." This center, he added, will be the liaison point for regional and international law enforcement partners and will be augmented by software to conduct tracing services for all weapons and ammunition recovered by any and all national security agencies.
For her part, the Canadian Minister of State of Foreign Affairs noted that the delivery of the equipment in six months "is the speed of light" for Governments. She added that because we are all connected, Canada too will benefit when the equipment is put to use. She said that modern states need tools in order to terrorize criminals and that is what is being done with the IBIS. With the new tool, she said that the state will better be able to get judgments against criminals to make sure that the country is safe.