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NCJ Number: 221150 Find in a Library
Title: Ensuring the Quality of Forensic Service Providers Through Accreditation: The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services Command Experience
Journal: The Police Chief  Volume:74  Issue:11  Dated:November 2007  Pages:50-53
Author(s): Frank Fitzpatrick; Terence Ely
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 4
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article briefly discusses the importance of forensic science accreditation and the necessary steps and procedures for law enforcement agencies to become accredited and ensure the quality of their forensic science operation.
Abstract: Few police chiefs have the time or technical skill to recognize the quality of analysis of the forensic service provider within their organization. The consequences of not ensuring the quality of an agency’s forensic service provider can potentially lead to incompetent or pressured results, innocent convictions, and costly lawsuits. To ensure the quality of their forensic operation, police chiefs can participate in a forensic science accreditation program. The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services command became the first stand alone crime scene investigation organization to become accredited under the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 by Forensic Quality Services-International. The ISO/IEC 17025 has its roots in the National Forensic Science Technology Center. Whether a police organization decides to apply to an accrediting body for an onsite audit and award of accreditation, simply completing the requirements for ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation will improve the quality assurance system for the forensic service providers in the agency. To meet accreditation standards, police agencies must complete the following actions: (1) obtain a copy of ISO/IEC 17025; (2) understand the language of ISO/IEC; (3) train staff in the principles of self-auditing; (4) appoint a quality manager; (5) develop a strategy for policy and procedure development; (6) adopt a quality manual; (7) perform a self audit; and (8) apply for accreditation. 12 notes
Main Term(s): Accreditation
Index Term(s): Accreditation standards; Crime laboratories; Forensic sciences; Police accreditation; Police standards; Quality control; Standards
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