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 May 24th, 2013  
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago representatives visit Indian River Crime Laboratory
Three government officials of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, accompanied by a representative of the U.S. Department of State and a representative of the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad, paid a visit to the Indian River Crime Laboratory on May 20, at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

The purpose of the visit was to study the operations of the crime laboratory, including the new facility design and Laboratory Information Management System, in preparation for the consolidation and streamlining of forensic services for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, as they prepare for international accreditation.

The State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs organized the visit. The Indian River Crime Lab is one of seven internationally accredited crime laboratories the Trinidad and Tobago officials will visit as part of the U.S. State Department's Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.

The Indian River Crime Laboratory serves the Sheriff's Offices and Police Departments of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties and is funded by those law enforcement agencies. It is governed by a regional Board of Directors with administrative support provided by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

Information on the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative is available at the State Department's website at http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/cbsi/.

Information about the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors is available at the society's website: http://www.ascld-lab.org/.

Photo caption: Pictured at the Indian River Crime Laboratory (left to right) are:

Amanda Fulchan (Ministry of Justice Information Technology Manager), Kshama Mahadeo (NIPDEC Project Manager), Dan Nippes (Crime Laboratory Director), Emmanuel Walker, (Deputy Director, Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Centre), Anil Saleem Boochoon (U.S. Embassy-Port of Spain, Trinidad), and Stephen De Jesus, (Senior Forensic Advisor, U.S. Department of State.)

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