DCI responds to orders restraining it from posting photos of suspects

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, May 7th 2019 at 11:06
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The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) on Monday defended its stand regarding posting photos of suspects and faulted High Court for giving conservatory orders.

Through a series of tweets, the DCI noted that that the orders were discriminatory since media stations use both print and electronic platforms to convey the same and they have never been restrained.

It added that mugshots can help find suspects and serve to warn members of the public of dangerous thugs in their midst.

“The DCI is mandated to protect the members of the public by detecting and preventing commission of crime hence there is a good reason to share some mugshots with them.

“The DCI is currently doing Criminal Profiling which is an important investigative tool used by law Enforcement Agencies in the advanced countries to identify likely suspects and predict the identified offenders' future actions,” read one of the tweets.

Further, the DCI noted that it is mandated to inform the public by publishing information relating to persons suspected of committing crimes and such disclosures are to the best interest of the public.

“The routine and systematic disclosures have led to reductions of organized crimes and members of the public who have been victims of crime coming forward to give information to the Police.

“As prescribed under the National Police Service Act of 2011, the DCI is perfectly within the Law to continue taking booking photographs of suspects which is in line with international best practices,” said the DCI.

In conclusion, the investigation body said that the restraining orders are not in good public interest and are a bad directive.

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