HYDERABAD: Underlining the role of forensic clues teams in collecting evidence from places of crime, director-general of police Anurag Sharma has said the evidence collected by the teams help in prosecution and conviction of the accused of any kind of offence in a court of law.
Launching 17 clues teams at divisional level at a function held at Necklace Road here on Thursday, he said the city police achieved a milestone in improving standards of detection and investigation of crimes by adding 17 clues teams, one in each division which covers the areas of three or four police stations. Till now, there had been only one clues team for the entire city.
“The role of the clues team, also called crime scene team, is to assist the investigation agency in methods of securing the crime scene prior to arrival, to document the scene with photography, video to ensure proper identification, handling, collection and packaging of physical evidence found at a scene, and to perform specialty examinations that will aid in reconstructing the events of the crime and thereby record and retrieve the vital physical evidence (material objects) that establishes the connection between perpetrator and the scene of offence or the victim in all offences occurring in the city,” the DGP added.
Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahender Reddy said forensic experts of the teams would fill the gap between the investigator and Forensic Science laboratory (FSL) scientists by adopting proper collection method and reconstruction of the scene thereby provide investigative leads for the detection of crime _ property or bodily offences, fire accidents and explosions.
“We had only one commissionerate-level clues team visiting all the important and sensational crime scenes. The manifold increase in the complexity and volume of offences in every aspect of the daily life of citizens demands setting up of new clues teams at division level to enable scientific access to the crime scene with a high-resolution digital still camera, full HD video camera, sketching tools, forensic light sources, poli-lights, searchlights, PRO measures,light-amplified magnifying lens, set of cutters, magnetic arm and others,” the commissioner said.
Each clues team comprises three crime scene processing officers, one photographer, one videographer and two drivers for round-the-clock service and one branded new vehicle has been provided for rapid crime scene processing.
- Three crime scene processing officers
- One photographer
- One videographer
- Two drivers
- Digital still camera
- Full HD video camera
- Sketching tools
- Forensic light sources, poli & search lights
- PRO measures
- Light-amplified magnifying lens
- A set of cutters
- Magnetic arm
- One new vehicle