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NCJ Number: 250152 Find in a Library
Title: Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Quality Assurance Practices, 2014
Series: BJS Bulletins
Author(s): Andrea M. Burch; Matthew R. Durose; Kelly Walsh; Emily Tiry
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: November 2016
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: Agency Summary|PDF (Full Report)|PDF (Summary)|Text
Agency Summary: http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5828 
Type: Survey
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Bureau of Justice Statistics report presents data on the quality assurance practices of State, county, municipal, and Federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014 and compares findings with census data from previous years.
Abstract: This Bureau of Justice Statistics report presents data on the quality assurance practices of State, county, municipal, and Federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014 and compares findings with census data from previous years. This report includes data on crime lab accreditation, employee proficiency testing, written standards for performance expectations, codes of ethics, externally certified personnel, and resources dedicated to research. Findings are based on data from BJS's 2014 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories (CPFFCL). Highlights include: in 2014, 88% of the nation's 409 crime labs were accredited by a professional organization, up from 70% in 2002; as in previous CPFFCL years, nearly all (98%) crime labs conducted proficiency testing in 2014; 75% of crime labs had written standards for employee performance expectations in 2014; in 2014, 94% of crime labs maintained a written code of ethics; a larger proportion of crime labs employed at least one externally certified analyst in 2014 (72%) than in 2009 (60%); and the proportion of crime labs that dedicated resources to research doubled from 7% in 2009 to 14% in 2014.
Main Term(s): Crime laboratories
Index Term(s): BJS Resources; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Note: This report is part of the Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories Series. For related information see also Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Resources and Services, 2014 (NCJ 250151).
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