13 January 17
KFS’s First Major International Consultancy Project Draws to a Close
Our project in Rwanda, which we embarked upon five years ago, is nearing completion.
We signed a contract in July 2011 with the Rwanda National Police to provide a turnkey service in establishing and resourcing a national forensic laboratory, in the capital, Kigali.
Five years on, having changed the chosen building and location mid-way through the project and repeated all of the survey and design work necessary to embark upon such a grand project the building is almost ready to use.
The facility comprises of three building in a secure own compound across the road from the Rwanda National Police (RNP) Headquarters. The laboratory comprises a reception and customer service department for evidence receipt, a large exhibit store and a suite of 6 DNA clean profiling laboratories, plus 4 large Biology search and recovery labs, all on the ground floor.
In the basement there is a brand new ballistic firing range, ballistics and drugs labs with associated restricted access stores and an instrument room to house the GC-FID, GC-MS and LC-MS/MS required for narcotics and toxicology analysis. There are also 4 general labs for reagent and sample preparation to support the Drugs and Toxicology departments as well as a room for GRIM analysis to support the large chemistry and footwear laboratory. This is in addition to the suite of fingerprints labs and the various store & rest rooms dotted around the building.
The first floor comprises mainly offices, with a pair of meeting rooms and an office for the director general. The first floor also houses the Questioned Documents department, high powered microscopy room and the casefile archive.
The third building houses the digital forensics department, together with offices for the Quality Manager and Site Manager, a library, a large tea room and a training room for officers.
We anticipate completion of this project in late February 2017.
Going forward, we will continue to support the Rwanda National Police as they embark upon a programme of work to develop a DNA database and achieve accreditation to ISO 17025 for all evidence types.