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, unbiased science, and transparency with the overall goal of enhancing public health and safety.
Summary of Services
DFS provides independent analysis of evidence and samples submitted by agencies within the District of Columbia and its federal neighbors. The Forensic Science Laboratory division analyzes evidence submitted from criminal cases, including DNA, fingerprints, and firearms. DFS also provides expert witness testimony in defense of their analytical reports in the District’s courts of law. The Public Health Laboratory division provides diagnostic and analytical testing for biological pathogens and chemical agents from clinical, environmental, or food sources and provides emergency response testing. The Crime Scene Sciences division collects, analyzes, processes, and preserves evidence found at crime scenes in the District. The DFS Directorate supports the work of the entire agency through strategic direction, training, quality assurance, research, recruitment and hiring of personnel, information technology, data management, fleet management, procurement, and other administrative support services.