The waterfront on the Dundee city will now see 100 specialists housed in a sophisticated forensic laboratory worth millions of pounds and laced with the latest technologies for fighting crime. This replaces the earlier cramped police headquarters at Tayside. Along with housing the DNA database for Scotland, the house will be the center for crime investigation in Scotland by experts using the latest technology.
Tom Nelson, who is the Scottish Police Services Authority's director, felt this was a real step forward and a wonderful opportunity. He lauded the fact that the new laboratories will help unearth evidence from items which were previously useless for crime investigation. The director also expressed satisfaction with the DNA facilities and the contamination facilities at this center which will ensure that the forensic experts themselves will not contaminate any scenes that have been a venue for a crime.
The five storey facility has been built well for the purpose of housing the forensic technologies and represents a true step towards advancing forensic technology in the process of assisting crime detection. It will also help fight crime more efficiently given all the science and technological advancements available at the fingertips of the scientists. Along with Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow are the other venues for laboratories of forensic science in Scotland. This state of the art facility in Dundee has been named as Rushton Court after Dr. Donald Rushton, a pathologist par excellence credited with introducing the forensic science between the 60s and 80s to Dundee.
The control of evidence, felt senior managers can be optimized at Rushton Court, given the controlled pressure of air and other conditions in the facility. It has also been provided a flood of natural light to ensure proper conditions for forensic examination. Infra red lighting and black magnetic walls have been fitted into the rooms where soon experts will recreate crime scenes by analyzing blood patterns.
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