In 2010, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) began the Data Collection on Forensic Service Providers project to determine the full scope of forensic science services provided in the United States beyond those offered in publicly funded, accredited crime laboratories. RTI International’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) provided technical assistance to ASCLD during data collection and analysis phases of the project. Beyond determining the actual number of forensic service providers in the United States, ASCLD sought to determine how many of these providers were accredited and how many were examining and/or testing crime scene evidence using criminalistics methods.
The purpose of this report was to gather information that would allow policy makers to know with greater accuracy how much crime scene evidence is being examined and/or tested at unaccredited facilities.
Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.