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NCJ Number: 69665 Find in a Library
Title: Systems Approach to Crime Laboratory Management
Journal: Journal of Police Science and Administration  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1980)  Pages:225-238
Author(s): R C Sullivan; K P O'Brien
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 14
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A systemized approach to crime laboratory management and to criminalistics problemsolving is discussed with attention to laboratory operations, subjective probability, and priority systems as managerial tools.
Abstract: Crime laboratory administrators' positions with respect to the laboratory, to the adversary legal profession, and to the defense and prosecution are outlined in an attempt to identify the challenges crime laboratories must meet. The hierarchy of the organization is described and illustrated with a flowchart, and consideration is given to functions and staff concerned with each component of the crime laboratory. Discussion then turns to the decisionmaking process, the personnel involved in decisionmaking, and how such persons can optimize their efforts in a synergistic relationship. Pointers are presented for conducting initial case examinations using subjective probability, and for reporting procedures using subjective probability. With respect to these reporting procedures, a scale of weighted values system is described, with a chart exemplifying such a scale. Finally, a method for developing priorities and for communicating them to personnel is suggested. Footnotes are provided.
Index Term(s): Crime laboratories; Criminalistics
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