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RVIPF scenes of crime officers now IBIS trained

Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews and Superintendent of Crime Alexis Charles (back right) pose with the Instructor Peter Zencovich (far left) and officers of the Scenes of Crime after receiving their certificates of completion for the IBIS course. Photo: RVIPF
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Scenes of Crime are now trained to use the new Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS).

The system, which was made available through a United Kingdom-funded initiative, will provide an ease to linking bullets to firearms using brand new technology. Though the system had been installed, the training of officers, originally scheduled for September 2017, was delayed until January 2018 due to the hurricanes’ impact on the Territory.

Through IBIS, officers can collect and store 2D and 3D images of cartridge cases and bullets for analysis and comparison to guns already on the national database, and give more timely responses on information needed to advance investigations. This system also allows connectivity to the Caribbean Regional Integrated Ballistics Information Network and the Interpol Ballistics Information Network.

Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews noted the importance of the system to the Force’s forensic investigative capacity.

“The length of time it takes to get results on ballistic links has slowed down our ability to advance investigations and bring timely arrests. With this new system along with equipment and the accompanying training, we can now progress investigations in a more timely manner,” Commissioner Matthews noted.

4 Responses to “RVIPF scenes of crime officers now IBIS trained”

  • ... (02/02/2018, 06:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good news
  • Yes !!! (02/02/2018, 13:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Moving in the right direction.
  • Hmm (02/02/2018, 13:53) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
  • de silent one (03/02/2018, 01:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With that expertise now in the force, why do they need to hire UK retired officers to come here and do nothing but have a good time. You are now showing the country that you have capable staff of leading a forensic crime scene, and with some of the more skilled investigators that you already have, then you should be seeing success.

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