Inauguration of PFSA Mock Crime Scene Training Facility

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In its endeavours to support the strengthening of the rule of law in Pakistan, the German Federal Foreign Office, through the ‘Support for Capacity Development in the Criminal Investigative Services in Pakistan (CIS)’ Project, funded the developing of a state of the art crime scene training facility.

Different scenario rooms such as an apartment, a market and a bank, have been set up to simulate real life crime scenes for training purposes. The rooms have been equipped with Close Circuit TV cameras and allow the practical exercises to be viewed in live-time and to be recorded to be viewed later by participants. For the purposes of the live streaming, as well as to organise the teaching seminars, two auditoria located next to the mock crime scenes, have been set up. The auditoria have been refurbished under the United Kingdom’s Counter Terrorism and Associated Prosecutorial Reform Initiative (CAPRI), which has also received financing from the European Union.


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An additional mock crime scene facilities is currently being developed (November 2015) by the CIS Project in the Punjab Province; three mock crime scene facilities are being developed in the Sindh Province. As the completed training facility at the Punjab Forensic Science Agency, each additional training facility will contain at least one set of scenario rooms and a linked classroom. The remaining training rooms will be completed in 2016.

Keeping in mind the shortage of qualified and experiences forensic trainers, the CIS Project is simultaneously supporting the developing of a series of training modules on crime scene investigation, focusing specifically on the practical recovery of evidence. These will be taught in practical courses at the newly established forensic training facilities. The courses and modules will be based on “easy to grasp” teaching methods and designed to be taught to a wide range of personnel, including first responders, police investigators, crime scene investigators, senior officers, prosecutors and judges.

The modules will contain short presentations alongside instructional demonstrational videos, enabling the trainees to complete the practical exercises. Mock crime scenes within the scenario rooms will allow the so-trained skills to be practiced in realistic situations.


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The CIS Project is a two years programme (2015-2016) with a budget of approximately 4, 7 Euros. It aims at strengthening the institutional and human resource capacities of the relevant actors in the criminal investigative services with regard to evidence preservation, collection and presentation. Its key implementing partners are the Police and Prosecution Services in Sindh and Punjab.

As a main focus, the project supports its partner organisations in Sindh and Punjab in the training of investigative and prosecutorial personnel in forensic knowledge and skills. The mock crime scene training facilities would go a considerable way in supporting the law enforcement agencies in Sindh and Punjab in equipping its officers with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills in solving crime and fighting terrorism.


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