Kenny MacAskill to see police forensic science lab

Kenny MacAskill will learn what benefits the lab has brought the police. Picture: Neil Hanna
Kenny MacAskill will learn what benefits the lab has brought the police. Picture: Neil Hanna
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The Justice Secretary is visiting the Scottish Police Authority’s forensic science lab today to hear about how it has been modernised in recent years to support the justice system.

Kenny MacAskill’s visit comes before the Scottish Crime Campus opens in Gartcosh, North Lanarkshire later this year, where elements of the police force and other agencies will be based.

He will meet with Tom Nelson, director of SPA Forensic Services, and receive a tour of the lab in Dundee, which includes a photographic studio, chemistry, biology and drugs labs, and fingerprint and scene examination units.

Mr MacAskill said: “This state-of-the-art laboratory is one of the best in the world and provides an excellent facility for SPA staff to carry out investigations and analysis to the very highest standard.

“Often, it is the sheer hard work, dedication and tenacity of the staff who work in forensic facilities which can provide the vital piece of evidence that can bring criminals to justice.

“This lab in Dundee and the soon-to-open Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh are absolutely essential functions in the delivery of justice across Scotland.”