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May 23, 2000 Contact: Bryant Payne (312) 355-2523; bpayne2@uic.edu

Note to Editors: This is a closed-door event. Jess Maghan, UIC professor of criminal justice and forum coordinator will be available for comments and questions.

Attended by South African Police Service and U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies


Maintaining public safety in the Republic of South Africa following the country's sweeping social changes continues to present an enormous challenge.

University of Illinois at Chicago's department of criminal justice has initiated a closed-door, international, comparative policing forum including two leading South African crime specialists. Forum participants will discuss forensic technology with selected police experts from Chicago and the Midwest.


Participants include:

Dr. Keith Morris, assistant police commissioner and director of the Forensic Science Laboratory, South African Police Services
Stewart Allen, senior superintendent of the South African Police Forensic Science Laboratory


Thursday, May 25
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


The one-day forum will focus on the operational model for police forensic laboratories in South Africa and the South African police DNA criminal intelligence database, including recommendations from U.S. law enforcement agencies. There will be a luncheon presentation by a senior research scientist from the Argonne National Laboratory.

"The predicament of developing interdiction to crime in a time of great social reformation in South Africa offers a rare opportunity for American law enforcement to enhance the understanding of similar public safety problems in the United States," said Maghan. "It is imperative that policing agencies throughout the world maintain mutuality in their efforts to find ways to build and sustain more humane and effective safety systems."

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