Crime Scene Investigation Mobile Unit Handed Over to Gujrat Police

12 November 2015, Gujrat - At an event in Gujrat, Mr. Cesar Guedes, the Country Representative of the UNODC in Pakistan, together with the Norwegian ambassador, H.E. Mr. Tore Nedrebo, and the Norwegian First Secretary of Development, Mr. Tom Jorgen Martinussen, proudly handed over a modern mobile crime scene investigation unit to Mr. Raj Zameer ul Haque, the District Police Officer. 

During the event community notables, police officers, media and members from civil society organisations participated at the Central Police Lines in Gujrat. This was a collaborative effort by the UNODC, Government of Norway and Punjab Police that complements other support initiatives related to crime scene investigation, management and police-prosecution cooperation with a particular focus on Gujrat as a model district. Now operational, the mobile crime scene unit will be on call to support criminal investigation activities throughout the district of Gujrat 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

The new unit possesses state of the art kits that cover a multitude of functions, including blood collection, finger printing, impressions, lifting pattern prints, trace evidence collection and analyzing bullet trajectories. In addition, the unit will be utilized to respond to crimes committed in the vicinity of every police station in Gujrat district. The unit will professionally enable the CSI teams in photography, evidence collection, fingerprint processing, sketching, and evidence analysis at the district level thereby enhancing expert testimony in criminal court proceedings. The mobile crime scene investigation unit will be further replicated to other areas of Punjab including Gujranwala and Sialkot.  

In the meeting with Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera, Inspector General of Punjab Police, he thanked and appreciated the support by UNODC and Government of Norway. He stated that the efforts being replicated by Punjab Police in other districts and establishment of specialized homicide investigation units are one step towards it. He also assured a continuous cooperation between UNODC and Punjab Police.