Former National Security Minister, Calixte George, has declared that the mere functioning of the forensic laboratory will not solve Saint Lucia’s crime problems.
There have been repeated calls for the laboratory to be reopened.
The calls have intensified in the wake of a series of recent incidents of rape in several parts of Saint Lucia.
George said that the management of the forensic laboratory has to be “top class.”
“In managing the lab you need people with experience,” he explained, adding that even if persons had certain academic qualifications and cannot interpret what they have found, it would not benefit the fight against crime.
George expressed the opinion that the government should ensure proper management of the forensic laboratory.
The former Minister, who is an agronomist, disclosed that he has managed laboratories in Trinidad and Tobago.
In the case of Saint Lucia, he said there was need for an influx of people with experience in that area.
George said that the solution to a number of crimes here in the past was attributable to good police officers working with laboratories in England.