Mrs. La Toya Lake-Marshall, Forensic Department Director

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The new Forensic Director of the Forensic Department of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force was introduced to the rank and file at a Commissioner’s Lecture Wednesday morning (December 19).

In introductory remarks, Mrs. La Toya Lake-Marshall said she was extremely proud to be appointed as the Forensic Director. Mrs. Lake-Marshall, who recently arrived from Antigua and Barbuda, made it clear she is ready to work. Mrs. Lake-Marshall said she is passionate about serving the Federation and has close ties to Nevis through her Grandmother, who is Nevisian.

Mrs. Lake-Marshall said she was warmly welcomed and has already started building a relationship with her team. She told the Officers she is looking forward to working with other units to combat crime, emphasising that “we have to work as a team” because “forensics is not magic.”

“My duty with you here in St. Kitts is to make you stronger at what you do. I’m not here to change what doesn’t need to be changed,” Mrs. Lake-Marshall said. “I’m here to add a little touch to it so that we can make the Federation much safer.”

In May 2001, Mrs. Lake-Marshall graduated from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Police Studies, Forensics, Criminology and Law, and a minor in Advanced English.

Mrs. Lake-Marshall has a wealth of experience. She is passionate about crime-fighting and the implementation of advanced forensic strategies to deter crime. She returned to her native land to serve as a specialist/special constable/inspector. She had powers of arrest and was attached to the Forensic Identification Unit for 16-and-a-half years.

Mrs. Lake-Marshall implemented the first Crime Scene Investigation Unit of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda. She processed more than 900 serious matters during her tenure. She served as a specialist on the Sexual Offences Unit, as Director of the Statistics Unit and on the Community Policing Board as an executive member.

Mrs. Lake-Marshall was instrumental in a number of high-profile cases in which she and her colleagues assisted Scotland Yard in linking serial murderers to crimes for which they are now convicted.