Forensic laboratory to be privatised?

Saint Lucia’s forensic laboratory could be privatised.

The government is in discussion with a private sector company on the issue of privatisation, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has disclosed.

Chastanet told a news conference Thursday evening that the private sector company is from the region and runs its own labs.

“We feel that will be the best way to be able to move forward,” he said.

He revealed that the company to which authorities here are talking already sells services to the region.

“There isn’t enough business in Saint Lucia itself to keep a forensic lab going, so it is a financial cost – it is a huge financial cost and we think it is going to augur better for us to have an independent agency running the lab,” the Prime Minister explained.

He noted that there is a submission by other interests to run the laboratory for the government.

Chastanet said the government is looking at both proposals and will make a decision very soon.

The forensic lab was closed in 2015.

Police have complained that the closure of the forensic lab has slowed down investigations as DNA and other samples have to be sent overseas for testing.



  1. LB
    January 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Once it is up and running – public or private – this service is a dire necessity for St Lucia.

    1. Anonymous
      January 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      No it’s not. Police solved crimes before forensic labs. The problem is the lack of professionalism and quality in the police force. We need to pay police better to ensure that better educated and smarter people apply for the jobs. As it stands, most police recruits are usually those who can’t find another job and did not perform the best in school and do not want to turn to a life of crime. Pay the cops better and cut out the garbage.

      1. Charles DeCoteau
        January 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        How and where did you research this? On the Market steps

      2. Anonymous
        January 7, 2017 at 7:09 pm

        A cop that can spell? You’re one of those with hope Charles. Good luck.

      3. MAKAC kENNEY
        January 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm

        You really have no clue what you are talking about. Ignorance spouted in public as knowledge only makes a fool of the one spouting. While seemingly sound educated you wild assertions have little scientific basis and is flawed on all points. In this day and age forensic analysis of evidence is essential in order to reach the bench mark of no element of doubt is evident to secure conviction.

  2. Serious
    January 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Privatization is the best option. However this must not put the island, government and people at a lost. We own the building equipment, land, building, etc., and these things must be factored in the deal. Depreciation or wear and tear of equipment must also not be considered loss to government; we must stand to win from this investment.

    1. Anonymous
      January 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Get your facts before making a complete fool out of yourself. The problem with the lab has nothing to do with cost and volume of work. It was corruption by slp hacks employed for the sake of job for boys and girls. Remember? Cocaine replaced with flour. So PM and others. Get it right.

      1. KNOWLEDGE!
        January 8, 2017 at 5:49 am


  3. Anonymous
    January 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Sad-But-TrueJune 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm REPLY ↓
    I am prepared to help SLP supporters with jobs and some form of financing, should they be victimized by the Rogue Party of Thugs.
    sad but true do you remember that statement

  4. Anonymous
    January 7, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    This has been a lost to the country because stlucia hasn’t made money from this lab 🔬 out of 365days in the year we only used the lab 10 times I think the government should lease it out .

    1. Anonymous
      January 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      To say st. Lucia does not have enough business to operate a lab is a lie and grossly misleading. The intention was always for the lab function as a regional lab and from personal knowledge i know it can. The private company see an opportunity to run it as a regional lab and make some money so why can’t we. We will lease it to them and pay them a foot and an arm to work for us. Forensic services are very expensive. Bottom line is the lab was contaminated by corrupt slp politicians who employed party hacks without vetting at the lab just for jobs. Looks like we have a crisis of governance in this country.

      1. Charles DeCoteau
        January 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm

        Guess there was no public outcry against privatizing our international Airport. Why can’t the Lab. be privatize?

  5. Anonymous
    January 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    There’s nothing new in what Chastanet said. His views on the lab were expressed years ago and they are consistent with his most recent statement. In all events the CDB and IMF have especially lately been advising Caribbean governments either to do joint business with private sector or to remove themselves from what ought to be private sector operated in the first place.

  6. Solly
    January 7, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    This option by the government is good and in principle I agree with it but operating a forensic lab is only one step.

    Before items reach the FL: the full “chain of custody” needs to be observed. Evidence must be collected securely, and stored securely. How many times have we seen crime scenes possible contaminated by members of the public , other police officers and other “officials” (for example, media personnel). So in my opinion this needs to be inculcated (ok maybe made part of the training of the police).

    An FL on the island, if properly done can serve many other islands.

    But a FL is an expensive venture. The experts in the field command huge salaries (and so they should), and it’s only with volume that prices can be affordable for law enforcement.

  7. youth leader
    January 8, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Poverty is the main cause of crime. tell Chastanet that. Why don’t you hare youth killings in Cap Estate