Mumbai: To tackle the shortage of staff in the city-based forensic lab, the Maharashtra State Home Department asked the director of forensics to start a training programme regarding ‘Mobile Forensic Support Unit’ (MFSU).
The director said that from each district police officers will be selected and training will be given to them after which they will be posted to 45 mobile forensic unit in the city. A senior official said they have planned to train 100 police personnel from different regions of the state and give them basic knowledge regarding the types of equipment used during investigation.
“A comprehensive training programme is being conducted by the Forensic Science Laboratory, Kalina for police personnel. Training will be given regarding crime scene investigation and proper use of testing kits related to evidence collection in respect of various branches of forensics such on biology, DNA analysis, narcotics testing, ballistics, explosive detection and cyber forensic,” said SP Yadav, IPS.
The first batch of 25 selective police personnel will be trained initially to appoint them with MFSU. The training programme is arranged under the guidance of SP Yadav (IPS), Director General (Legal Technical), Maharashtra State and Dr KV Kulkarni, director of DFSL. “In the training programme they will be taught about the collection, packaging, and forwarding of sample collected from the crime scene during investigation,” said a senior official.
The eight forensic laboratories of the state come under the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories due to which they get a huge number of samples for analysis. “As we get sample across the state, but due to a shortage of experts most of the time cases are pending. For solving this problem training is given to the police personnel so that the workload gets reduced,” said Dr Krishna Kulkarni, director of DFSL, Kalina.
The importance of Mobile Forensic Unit is to help the criminal justice system and the time laps in reaching the crime scene and destruction or degeneration of valuable clue materials thereafter will be avoided henceforth because of the MFSU. The mobile forensic support unit would enhance the conviction rate and facilitate the fast analysis of clue materials to help the criminal justice system.