Bohol’s new crime lab chief has to do with limited resources

The new chief of the PNP crime laboratory in the province says he has no choice but to work with the limited staff that he has.

Chief Insp. David Alexander Patriana told the Tribune that his office has only five men, two officers and three non-commissioned officers, which is a far cry from the ideal.

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He said it would be ideal to have two teams of eight personnel each given the scope of their office.

The crime lab is the one responsible in providing forensic testing to the investigation teams of the police.

It is the one testing the alleged drugs recovered for verification.

Patriana, an expert in DNA testing and a medical technologist by training, said he has lined up plans and programs for the crime laboratory here in Bohol.

He assumed the office last July 2, he said.

By September, Patriana said, he will be bringing in experts from Manila to conduct training to personnel here on the proper collection and handling of DNA samples for investigation purposes.

Currently, Bohol has no capability to test DNA samples. The samples have to be shipped to Camp Crame for analysis.

Patriana, however, bared there is a plan to put another DNA testing facility in Cebu for the swifter release of results.

For his part, Gov. Edgar Chatto gave assurance to Partriana for any assistance the provincial government can extend to the crime laboratory. (Dave Albarado)

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