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07 January 2015

New technology boosts Dominican Republic crime evidence collection procedures

SANTO DOMINGO,Dominican Republic – In order to improve the Dominican Republic’s crime evidence collection, inventory, storage and management practices, INTERPOL has fitted Santo Domingo’s Evidence Control Office (Oficina de Control de Evidencias– OCE) with a new technical system.

Funded by the Canadian Government, the system enables the Attorney General’s Office to maintain a chain of custody log on crime evidence. The technology and hardware were installed in Santo Domingo in November 2014 by a team made up of officials from the INTERPOL General Secretariat’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate its Police Forensics Sub Directorate, and a unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The new system monitors all evidence handled by Dominican Republic  law enforcement officers and  every movement of that evidence until final destination or disposal.  It will safeguard the integrity of evidence needed for prosecution, and make the mandatory chain of custody protocols easier for the different Dominican Republic law enforcement authorities to manage together.

The OCE Headquarters and Santo Domingo Seized Vehicles unit now benefit from this  state-of-the-art equipment which includes a server, routers, laptops, printers, barcode printers and readers, CCTVs and screens.

To ensure the new system is used to its maximum potential, tailored training has been provided to a number of different national law enforcement units, including:

  • 14 prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office (training course on chain of custody preservation and evidence storage, management, transfer and integrity);
  • 12 Forensic Police crime scene investigators (training on international crime scene investigation standards).