Forensic Awareness Program for First Responders held on 11 July 2017 at NFSA, Islamabad
Since 2006, NFSA has been providing forensic services to various Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), judiciary and government organizations across Pakistan. Moreover, NFSA has also been providing trainings to aforementioned departments not only to spread forensic awareness but also to equip them with latest criminal investigative techniques as, forensic science is a vital tool to fight lawlessness. Forensic Awareness Program for First Responders was conducted on 11th July 2017, was also the part this initiative.
- Ahmad Farooq (Scientific Officer/Incharge DNA Section)
- Muhammad Imran (Incharge CSI/ERU)
- Shah Hussain (Crime Scene Officer)
- Institute of Fire technology
- National Disaster Management Agency
- Emergency and Disaster Management
- Islamabad Electric Supply Company
- Capital Development Authority Hospital
- Islamabad Capital Territory Police
Thrust of Discussion
- The responsibilities and importance of first responders on a crime scene.
- Dos and don’ts at a crime scene.
- Evidence Requirements for Forensic Analysis and NFSA Evidence Receiving Unit (ERU)
- Common Problems related to Physical evidence and Crime Scene
- Common Misconceptions about Forensic Science.
- Evidence related technical problems of DNA, sexual assault, explosives, and fingerprints.
- Handling, Storage and Life of Physical Evidence.
- Role of First Responders on Crime Scene.
The aim of the program was primarily to raise awareness and dispel misconceptions about the forensic science. The basic theme of this program was not only to build a bridge between forensic laboratory and the first responders, as they are the first ones to reach crime scene, but it was also intended to end misjudgements about the capabilities and limitations of forensic science. The efforts of presenters were highly appreciated by all the participants. They found the program very interesting and informative. They urged that these kind of programs should be organised regularly.
- Such trainings should be arranged time to time.
- The duration of such programs should be increased.