Zambia Police Service, is charged with the responsibility of maintaining peace, law and order in all our communities country-wide. In order to effectively and efficiently execute its mandate ....Read More
THE FORENSICS SECTION
Forensic Science is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system and also to provide forensic services to the country at large.
The Zambia Police Forensic Science Laboratory has been in existence since the early 1960s. It is housed at Zambia Police Service Headquarters in Lusaka. The laboratory has several units as follows:-
Scenes of Crime & Photography
This unit is responsible for crime scene investigations. It investigates cases ranging from homicide, arson, breakings and robberies. Its personnel are spread throughout the republic of Zambia. It is also in charge of collecting and processing of fingerprints from crime scenes.
Ballistics and Tool-marks
All crimes involving shooting using firearms leave behind physical elements and trace evidence.Ballistic experts are able to tell which firearm was used in the commission of crime.
Some crimes involve the use of tools such as craw-bars. In the similar manner, the experts are able to link an exhibit tool to a crime scene.
Unnatural deaths are investigated by forensic pathologists to establish their cause. Pathologists conduct post-mortems on dead bodies and eventually they are able to tell how a particular death occurred.
Post-mortems can also be carried out on the remains of a person who died many years ago.