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NCJ Number: 35364 Find in a Library
Title: NEW HAMPSHIRE - SURVEY OF CRIME LABORATORY SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM - POLICE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE REPORT
Author(s): T R ELZERMAN
Corporate Author: Westinghouse Justice Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 50
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Westinghouse Justice Institute
Arlington, VA 22202
Contract Number: J-LEAA-003-76
Publication Number: 76-85
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESULTS OF A TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE EFFORT WHICH SURVEYED THE CRIME LABORATORY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE TO DETERMINE THE SERVICES AVAILABLE, DEFINE AREAS NEEDING IMPROVEMENT, AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT OF SERVICE.
Abstract: THE NEW HAMPSHIRE CRIME LABORATORY IS A UNIT WITHIN THE DETECTIVE BUREAU OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY. THE PHYSICAL LOCATION OF THE LABORATORY IS IN THE PUBLIC SAFETY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN CONCORD. CONCORD, THE STATE CAPITAL, IS LOCATED IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL PORTION OF THE STATE. THE CRIME LABORATORY PROVIDES THE ONLY CRIMINALISTICS SERVICE TO ALL CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES IN THE STATE. THE POPULATION OF THE STATE IS APPROXIMATELY 824, 000; THE MAJORITY OF THE RESIDENTS LIVE IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PORTION. THE CONSULTANT WAS REQUESTED TO SURVEY THE PRESENT CRIME LABORATORY SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AND GIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE NEEDS. TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM, THE PRESENT CRIME LABORATORY SERVICE WAS EVALUATED BY THE CONSULTANT THROUGH ON-SITE INSPECTION AND INTERVIEWS WITH VARIOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND STAFF MEMBERS OF THE LABORATORY. AMONG THE CURRENT LABORATORY CAPABILITIES EXAMINED WERE STAFF, PHYSICAL FACILITIES, INSTRUMENTATION, STATISTICAL DATA, AND BUDGET INFORMATION. THE CONSULTANT'S GENERAL OBSERVATIONS WERE THAT THE PRESENT LEVEL OF THE CRIME LABORATORY CAPABILITIES ARE WELL RECEIVED, BUT MORE ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED. THIS ASSISTANCE IS IN THE FORM OF MORE CRIME SCENE CAPABILITIES, MORE LABORATORY CAPABILITIES, AND FASTER RESPONSE TIME ON LABORATORY RESULTS. SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT ARE LISTED, AND AN ACTION PLAN FOR IMPROVEMENT OF THE LABORATORY IS BRIEFLY OUTLINED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Crime laboratories; Crime laboratory equipment; Needs assessment; New Hampshire
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