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Sharjah forensic lab helped solve 11,253 cases in 2016

Suspects in all criminal cases in Sharjah identified with help of forensic evidence

18:04 October 4, 2017

Sharjah: Sharjah Police Forensic Laboratory has made a unique achievement as it helped identify suspects in all criminal cases last year and no case was recorded against any unidentified person, said a senior official.

Brigadier Dr Abdul Qader Al Ameri, director-general of the laboratory, told a press conference on Wednesday that all criminal cases were solved in Sharjah with the help of the forensic laboratory. It helped solve 11,253 cases in 2016, as compared to 11,037 in 2015, recording an increase of 216 cases.

He said the laboratory has been producing much better results these days and providing solid evidence to help solve an increasing number of cases.

“We can now gather not only fingerprints but also the unique signature left on a single bullet fired from a gun,” said Brigadier Al Ameri.

He said that the forensic team including evidence technicians, crime scene analysts and forensic investigators work in close coordination with police investigators and prosecutors.

“The work of the forensic lab requires highly educated individuals with a background in forensic science, natural sciences and criminal justice system,” he said, adding that they have a good team with relevant expertise.

According to statistics revealed by Brigadier Al Ameri, the laboratory tested 56,469 samples in 2016 to detect chemicals, toxic materials, fingerprints, fire incidents, weapons and forgery, and handed over the reports to the police, public prosecution and courts for decisions.

He said the laboratory also carried out a number of awareness campaigns to protect the public from crimes, accidents and dangers of pesticides.

Brigadier Al Ameri said the Forensic Department at Sharjah Police has been expanded and has introduced advanced technology, including devices for checking documents, a gene scanner, and a scanning electron microscope, and an advanced device for detecting inorganic compounds, to achieve accurate results and solve cases.