About US

CAFS

The Caribbean Association of Forensic Sciences was initiated in 2012 by Dr Alfredo Walker and Inspector Gregory Williams and the Founding Executive was established November 18, 2015, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus Jamaica. The CAFS is a registered charity since November 2018 and is the only forensic science association in the Caribbean.



Our goals will be to ensure that the respective standards of practice in all the forensic disciplines in the region are internationally acceptable, thereby promoting public confidence in the Criminal Justice systems of the various Caribbean territories. We aim to promote professionalism, integrity, competence and the application of evidence-based, best practices; to invoke rigorous quality control; to encourage collaboration amongst the Forensic Science disciplines, the Criminal Justice System and to foster and support opportunities for original research, professional networking and continuing professional development.


Our Association represents a variety of forensic disciplines including Fingerprint Examination, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Firearms Examination, Forensic Photography, Forensic Laboratory Analysis, Questioned Documents, Firearms and Toolmark Examination, Digital Evidence, Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Nursing, Forensic Odontology, Forensic Accounting, Forensic Pathology, Forensic Psychology, Criminology and General Forensics.


The CAFS aim is to promote synergy, professionalism, integrity and competency and to foster research, publication, best practices and ethics in forensic casework; to promote rigorous quality control and to encourage collaboration between forensic sciences and the criminal justice system.

 

The Core

CAFS Mission Statement

The CAFS is a not-for-profit regional professional organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement and guidance on all aspects of forensic sciences and its inherent disciplines for the Caribbean region (defined as all islands of the Caribbean region and includes Belize, Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana and Bermuda).

 

CAFS Vision Statement

To be established as a regional organization of all forensic and medicolegal practitioners in the Caribbean region and to function as the professional regional voice and supportive organization of all forensic and medicolegal practitioners.

 

History of the Caribbean Association of Forensic Sciences

History

The Caribbean Association of Forensic Sciences in conjunction with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, UK and the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, hosted its inaugural conference July 20-22, 2016. The three-day conference was very successful and was attended by approximately 100 delegates and speakers from various levels of forensic science and medicine in the Caribbean, the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Caribbean representation included Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.


The CAFS aim is to promote synergy, professionalism, integrity and competency and to foster research, publication, best practices and ethics in forensic casework; to promote rigorous quality control and to encourage collaboration between forensic sciences and the criminal justice system.