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NCJ Number: 66856 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: FORENSIC SCIENCE SERVICES IN CONNECTICUT - THE REPORT OF THE EVIDENTIARY SERVICES TASK FORCE, JANUARY 18, 1980
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Connecticut Justice Cmmsn
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 147
Sponsoring Agency: Connecticut Justice Cmmsn
Hartford, CT 06115
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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: A STUDY OF THE FORENSIC SCIENCES SERVICES IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, CONDUCTED BY THE CONNETICUT JUSTICE COMMISSION, IS DISCUSSSED; RESEARCH FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE EMPHASIZED.
Abstract: THE RESEARCH PHASE OF THE STUDY INVOLVED TWO ACTIVITIES: THE COMPILATION OF MATERIAL DESCRIBING THE OPERATIONS AND CAPABILITIES OF EACH STATE LABORATORY FACILITY; AND THE CONDUCT OF TWO USER SURVEYS TO ASCERTAIN THE OPINIONS OF POLICE AND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES INCLUDING OFFICERS, JUDGES, DEFENDERS, AND PROSECUTORS. A TOTAL OF 145 OF THE 321 SURVEYS WAS RETURNED, AND RESULTS WERE ANALYZED STATISTICALLY. HAVING REVIEWED THE CONCLUSIONS AND ISSUES RAISED BY THE DATA ON THE LABORATORIES AND REPORTS OF USERS OF THESE SERVICES, THE TASK FORCE EXAMINED ALTERNATIVES TO CHANGE AND DEVELOPED SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS. FACILITIES CONSIDERED IN THE STUDY INCLUDED THE STATE TOXICOLOGY LABORATORY, THE CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY, THE OFFICE OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER, AND THE NEW HAVEN P.D. CRIME LAB. IN GENERAL, FORENSIC SCIENCES SERVICES IN CONNECTICUT ARE UNDERDEVELOPED AND SUFFER FROM INADEQUATE FACILITIES, TOO FEW AND POORLY TRAINED PERSONNEL, AND THE ABSENCE OF MODERN INSTRUMENTATION AND TECHNOLOGIES. USERS OF FORENSIC SCIENCE SERVICES IN THE STATE ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE QUALITY, SCOPE, AND TIMELINESS OF SERVICES. SERVICES DEVELOPMENT LACKS COORDINATION AND PLANNING. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT A MAJOR EFFORT BE LAUNCHED TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE CRIME SCENE SEARCH OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. DEPARTMENTS WITH 75 OR MORE SWORN PERSONNEL SHOULD EMPLOY FULL-TIME EVIDENCE TECHNICIANS FOR CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION. SUITABLE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR SUCH PERSONNEL SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED. IN ADDITION, THE STATE FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY SHOULD FORMULATE AN EVIDENTIARY MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL FOR STATEWIDE USE. TABLES, FLOW CHARTS, AND APPENDIXES ARE PROVIDED IN THE REPORT. (LWM)
Index Term(s): Commission reports; Connecticut; Crime laboratories; Criminalistics; Forensic medicine; Surveys
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