Justice Minister, Claire Sugden has acknowledged the vital role of forensic science within the criminal justice sector in Northern Ireland.
The Minister was speaking during a visit to Forensic Science Northern Ireland’s (FSNI) state of the art Locard Building at Seapark.
Claire Sugden said: “The vital role of forensic science within the criminal justice sector should not be underestimated and in Northern Ireland we are fortunate to have the best and most modern forensic facilities.
“The Department of Justice invested £13.9million in the Locard facility, which was completed in November 2015, and is internationally recognised as setting the standard for the avoidance of contamination and the recovery, identification and interpretation of trace forensic evidence. The addition of this facility has supported FSNI in providing one of the widest ranges of accredited forensic services in Europe in one location.
“Put simply, the work that is done here at Locard ensures that evidence is examined in a timely manner, cases are brought before the courts and criminals are brought to justice.”
The Minister commended the skill of staff, saying: “My visit here today has given me the opportunity to see at first hand the world leading services provided by FSNI. I commend Stan Brown, Chief Executive of FSNI and his staff for their work and continuing commitment to further improvement in productivity and turnaround times, assisted by the investment under the Transformation Programme.”
During her visit to the Seapark site in Carrickfergus, Minister Sugden also visited the Public Protection Unit.