4th December, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –
According to as yet unconfirmed reports, Antigua and Barbuda national, Latoya Lake, is set to become the head of the local Forensic Unit and Laboratory.
Lake, who holds a degree in Forensics, was rumoured to have taken up the appointment on 1st December, however there has been no confirmation of her appointment from the government.
This revelation comes months after the resignation of the former head of Forensics, Trinidadian, Narace Ramnarine in August, 2018.
Several sources have indicated the Forensic Department staff are under great strain and the lack of an appointed head up to this point appears to bear testimony to some of the frustrations being endured.
The lack of priority given to addressing the absence of a leader of this critical police division has been viewed in some quarters as a contradiction to Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Timothy Harris’, regular references to the importance of investing in the Police, and in particular forensics.
Several weeks ago, the Leader of the Opposition Labour Party branded the Forensic Lab in Tabernacle a “white elephant.”
“We are told that the Forensic Lab is now a “white elephant” which was rendered useless after it had been abandoned merely three weeks after its opening when the Director walked off the job and returned to Trinidad and Tobago. It was only after several months of much embarrassment to the administration, facing a spike in murders including two police sergeant’s, the son of Federal Minister Liburd and a cousin of the Deputy Prime Minister and having little or no capacity to undertake proper forensic investigations needed to solve crimes, that Prime Minister Harris felt compelled to appeal to the Director for his return,” Dr. Douglas stated.