Police forensic service approval

File photo dated 12/05/2004 of a member of staff at the Forensic Science Service in London examining part of a 33 kg haul of heroin seized by the Metropolitan Police.The Forensic Science Service is to be wound up, the Government said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 14, 2010. Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire said action needed to be taken as the service was making operational losses of �2 million per month and was likely to run out of money by January. See PA story POLITICS Forensics. Photo credit should read: Johnny Green/PA Wire

File photo dated 12/05/2004 of a member of staff at the Forensic Science Service in London examining part of a 33 kg haul of heroin seized by the Metropolitan Police.The Forensic Science Service is to be wound up, the Government said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 14, 2010. Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire said action needed to be taken as the service was making operational losses of �2 million per month and was likely to run out of money by January. See PA story POLITICS Forensics. Photo credit should read: Johnny Green/PA Wire

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POLICE investigations into serious crimes will now be enhanced following the latest accreditation of yet another of Lancashire’s forensic services.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Scientific Support Department has achieved UKAS accreditation that will allow the force to search for and recover samples of body fluids and tissues plus a wide range of other materials and then provide full evidence statements for court, in line with mandatory European regulations.

Forensic staff will also be able to demonstrate proven competence when providing expert testimony in the witness box.

Previously, the majority of such forensic examinations would have been carried out by external service providers.

Now the necessity to outsource work will be very much reduced – meaning turnaround times will be much shorter and a significant reduction in costs.

Lancashire Constabulary is the first force in the country to provide investigative teams with such a wide range of biological search, recovery and screening services to UKAS standards.

Dr Kath Mashiter, head of Scientific Support for Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This latest accreditation not only means we can run a more cost effective service but that service will be to the same exacting standards as any forensic science laboratory in the country.

“This area of work is where we have a real impact upon the most serious of crimes such as murders and sexual assaults.

“This means we can assist in catching criminals more quickly and make Lancashire safer for all of us.”