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NCJ Number: 218720 Find in a Library
Title: Strategic Human Resource Management in the Forensic Science Laboratory
Author(s): Wendy S. Becker; W. Mark Dale
Date Published: October 2003
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Quantico, VA 22135
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Laboratory Branch
2501 Investigation Parkway
Quantico, VA 22135
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses forensic laboratory staffing challenges that can be overcome using practical human resource planning, recruiting, and retention strategies.
Abstract: In order to meet the human resources needs of forensic laboratories, several strategies are suggested in terms of planning, recruiting, and retention. Strategies for planning are identified as: (1) developing estimates of the number of staff the laboratory will need, and (2) developing estimates of the value and/or costs of forensic science services to the community, which can then be used as a common benchmark in resource planning and discussions with legislators. Recruiting strategies include: (1) use realistic job previews; (2) be honest about the length and rigor of the hiring process; and (3) recruit early and energetically. Retention strategies are identified as: (1) prepare a leadership team and train managers in basic supervisory and interpersonal skills; (2) design the laboratory for team-based systems; (3) know the career motivations of personnel; and (4) monitor exit interviews to identify patterns that cause unwanted turnover of employees. It is also noted that in order to recruit and retain quality employees, additional resources for forensic laboratories are needed nationwide and the basic infrastructure of laboratories is in need of revision. References
Main Term(s): Crime laboratory management; Recruitment
Index Term(s): Forensic sciences; Personnel retention
Note: From Forensic Science Communications, V 5, N 4, October 2003; downloaded June 5, 2007.
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