The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) recently released their latest Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories. Compiling data from 2009, it found that during the year more than 4 million requests for forensic services were received by the nation’s 411 publicly funded laboratories. These laboratories began and ended the year with a total backlog of more than one million requests for forensic services.
When dealing with this volume of cases, having a robust quality system in place is paramount. To help crime labs develop, enhance and implement their quality systems, NFSTC created a toolkit of generic quality documents to be used by laboratories. The toolkit contains templates, document examples and reference materials such as a Quality Assurance Manual, Operational Policies and a variety of helpful forms. To download the toolkit, visit: www.nfstc.org/programs/quality-documents/