Do we have the resources?
With respect to the forensic laboratory that is being established, does Guyana have persons in that field that are qualified enough to take up positions there?
We need people who have qualifications in the field of Forensic Science and there might be a few qualified individuals, who have the knowledge in this area or work. Forensic Science has played an important role in solving criminal acts such as homicide, cyber crimes, arson etc. Many countries face threats of cyber crimes. In fact, 70 percent of firms rank viruses and hacking ahead of fraud and physical break-ins as their biggest threats.
Given this fear and the insidious nature of today’s threats, placing IT security high on the risk management agenda is vital. Failing to adequately protect against such dangers can result in sensitive information being leaked or destroyed, financial data being stolen, legal action or embarrassing headlines—all of which can severely damage a company’s bottom line.
Guyana has now joined the world in using this revolutionary method in solving crime, but do we have the available resources? That laboratory needs to be outfitted with all the necessary equipment to get the job done correctly, as well as persons who are actually qualified in the field of forensic science and computer forensics.
We have seen many cases in Guyana go unsolved due to lack of evidence. I remember reading an article where a Bank Teller was robbed of her cell phone and to date no DNA evidence was ever received. I hope the Minister of Home Affairs, whose office this project falls under, uses his best interest and ensures that in fighting criminal elements we employ professional people in this area of work; people who are qualified and capable enough to get the job done in a competent manner.