12 APRIL 1935, Page 3

Experts Behind Scotland Yard On Wednesday the Metropolitan Police Laboratory

for the scientific investigation of crime was opened at Hendon by the Home Secretary. The day before appeared Lord Trenchard's annual report, in which he commented on the fact that while preventable crime has decreased, the sum total of indictable crime remained in 1934 at practi- cally the same figure as in 1933. This is not to say that there has been no improvement in police methods and in efficiency. Many successes have been achieved in many departments of the service, notably by the Flying Squad cars fitted with wireless, which have distinguished them- selves in tracking down motor thieves. But the oppor- tunities for committing crime, especially theft, have greatly increased, and the police are constantly engaged in devising new means of dealing with it. Provision for scientific investigation in a central laboratory was a necessary measure if the full resources of science are to be at the disposal of the Police.