Friday, September 09, 2011

Philippine police gets new forensic lab

US Ambassador Harry Thomas inaugurates a P14-million training facility and forensic laboratory in Zamboanga City.

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 9, 2011) – The United States hand over a P14 million training facility and forensic laboratory to the regional police as part of Washington’s support to the Philippine National Police.

Ambassador Harry Thomas led the inauguration of the laboratory at a police camp in Zamboanga City. Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat and Chief Superintendent Elpidio de Asis, the regional police chief, praised the US government for its continuing support to various development projects here.

“This crime lab is evidence of the partnership between the Philippines and the United States,” De Asis said. “With this building and equipment, we are better able of carry out our mandate to support the Filipino people and other law enforcement agencies.”

Thomas said the laboratory would improve the capability of the police in their investigation. It is part of a series of initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of the police force.

The facility is said to be the most advanced forensics lab in Western Mindanao.

“This crime lab represents the realization of a dream, where many people are working together for a common goal,” Thomas said. “It takes a special kind of person to dedicate their life to the service of others.” (Mindanao Examiner)

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