Independent Medico-Legal Unit Partners with Various Stakeholders to Develop Guidelines on Crime Scene Management

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The Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU), in partnership with various stakeholders drawn from the media and police, have developed guidelines on crime scene management. As first reported by Shahidi, the guidelines are meant to fill in the knowledge gap among the first responders of a crime scene, and more so the police and crime journalists.

In attendance were the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Head of Training Gideon Kibunja and representatives of the Crime Journalists Association of Kenya (CJAK).

Speaking at a validation workshop held in Kajiado County, Mr. Kibunja noted: “The first persons at a scene of crime often have serious effects on crime scenes depending on their awareness on what and what not to do.”

Under the guidelines, regular and Administration police officers are to be trained on their role before crime scene investigation experts from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations arrive at any scene.

Reiterating the importance of maintaining the integrity of a crime scene, Mr. Kibunja further noted: “Armed with these materials, I am confident that together, we can all ensure that every crime scene is professionally and effectively managed to ensure that justice is served.”

Thousands of copies of the learning materials are set to be printed and distributed across the country.

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