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2014 FR0 Department of Forensic Sciences

The mission of the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) is to produce high quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science with the use of the best available technology and practices. The department will focus on unbiased science and transparency with the overall goal of enhancing public health and safety.

Summary of Services
DFS provides independent analysis of evidence found at crime scenes within the District of Columbia. The independent analysis of biological pathogens, chemical, radiological, firearms, fingerprinting, DNA and trace evidence is provided by DFS to the Metropolitan Police Department, US Capitol Police, US Park Police, and many of the other specialized law enforcement units located in the District of Columbia. DFS also provides expert witness testimony in defense of their analytical reports in the District’s courts of law. DFS also provides services for public health. The public health laboratory will operate within DFS, while providing diagnostic and analytical testing for biological pathogens, chemical and radiological agents from clinical or environmental sources. The public health lab within DFS will also provide emergency response testing. The Advisory Board will provide guidance to the development of the DFS by providing peer review to ensure that strict scientifically valid protocols are followed and new technologies are incorporated timely.