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Title: Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing 2007
Author(s): Kevin J. Strom; Jeri Ropero-Miller; Shelton Jones; Nathan Sikes; Mark Pope; Nicole Horstmann
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 82
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 2007F_07165
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
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United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing (LEFP) was conducted to estimate the number of unsolved homicide, rape, and property cases in the United States that involved forensic evidence which was not submitted to a crime laboratory for analysis, as well as to determine the policies and procedures used in law enforcement agencies for processing, submitting, and retaining forensic evidence.
Abstract: Survey findings showed that 14 percent of all unsolved homicides and 18 percent of unsolved rapes yielded forensic evidence that was not submitted to a crime laboratory for analysis. DNA was the most common form of forensic evidence in these cases. Survey results also indicated that 23 percent of all unsolved property crimes involved unanalyzed forensic evidence. These findings show that law enforcement agencies continue to face substantial forensic evidence caseloads. Results also indicate that law enforcement personnel need more uniform procedures for submitting evidence, including a level of prioritization based on factors such as case seriousness, as well as improved training in the benefits and use of forensic analysis. Other resource needs identified by the survey are information systems that can track forensic evidence by case and standard guidelines for evidence retention. The survey was completed by a nationally representative sample of 2,250 State and local law enforcement agencies (a 72.7 percent response rate). The survey questionnaire was delivered online and by mail, fax, and telephone. 9 figures, 29 tables, 17 references, and appended survey questionnaire and other project materials
Main Term(s): Police resource allocation
Index Term(s): Case processing; DNA fingerprinting; Evidence identification; Forensic sciences; Homicide investigations; NIJ final report; Rape investigations; Theft offenses
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