FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY
The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) of the Ghana Police Service supports criminal investigations using scientific analysis of exhibits sent to it by investigators, such as substances and documents that are in question, and any material that has evidential value and can answer questions in the investigative process. The FSL is a unit under the Criminal Investigation department of the Ghana Police Service. The vision of the unit is; “to provide clients especially the Police Service with efficient and effective forensic service in order to facilitate speedy answers to investigative queries using best laboratory practices in a standard and safe environment”.
The laboratory undertakes analysis of narcotic substances and questioned documents, firearms examination, crime scene photography, service identification card production as well as other photographic duties of the Service. In addition biological analysis such as identification of blood, semen, saliva etc are carried out by the unit in such as homicide, assault, sexual offences, stealing and robbery. Chemical analysis such as etching and recovery of erasures on equipment are also undertaken at the laboratory.
To effectively carry out the above functions the work at the laboratory is done five (5) Sections namely chemical section, firearms and ballistic examination section, questioned document examination section, biology/serology section and photographic section.
The Forensic Science Laboratory, apart from supporting the Ghana Police Service in its investigations, also render services to identifiable organizations including banks on issues relating to suspicious documents, such as cheques redrawal slips among others..
Superintendent David Agyeman Adjem--- The Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory
A ballistic expert examining an exhibit pistol at the firearms and ballistic examination section
Personnel of the biology/serology section at work in the laboratory.
An expert of the questioned document examination section at work.
An officer of the photographic section at work.
The Forensic Science Laboratory is manned by twenty four expert police officers seven of whom are senior police officers and three supporting civilian staff. The current director is Superintendent David Agyeman Adjem
The Forensic Science Laboratory is at the moment undergoing bare-engineering and upgrading to modernize its activities with the provision of modern and state of the art facilities with the help of the European Union and the Government of Ghana. The FSL is poised under the project to add a modern molecular biology unit (DNA) to its fold.
The Police Administration intends to make the FSL a modern facility capable of assisting investigators scientifically to resolve cases with up to date equipment and facilities which will be equal to non in the sub-region.