The capacity of Directorate of Criminal Investigations detectives to handle forensic matters was boosted following the graduation of 29 officers with skills in the area.
The officers underwent training on forensic serology and DNA analysis at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri).
Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said the officers were not only well versed in DNA analysis processes, but also in quality management system, laboratory safety, law of evidence and chain of custody documentation.
“This training programme exposed trainees to court procedures and skills necessary for effective expert witness testimony. It has also equipped the trainees with skills and practical experience in careers in forensic DNA analysis,” he said.
Haji said the training was primarily geared to impacting knowledge to the officers on the current techniques and technologies used in forensic DNA laboratories.
“These skills will enable the DCI to operationalise the forensic biology laboratory,” he said.
DCI George Kinoti, Kemri chairman Dr Naphtali Agata and Director General Prof Yeri Kombe were present during the occasion.
Haji said the training of DCI officers in forensic and DNA analysis would improve the rate of convictions in criminal cases.
“Through these techniques and technologies in forensic and DNA analysis, sex offenders in particular will be successfully prosecuted in court,” he said.
He said failure to effectively gather evidence in the criminal investigation process can have serious consequences, leading to unresolved crimes, failed prosecution, acquittal of offenders and wrongful convictions.
“It is no doubt that these officers will contribute immensely in ensuring the evidence presented in court is impartial and credible,” said Haji.