Forensic Science and Evidence Services Division
Vision & Mission
The Vision of the Forensic Science & Evidence Services Division is to be a National Model for the Forensic Science Community.
The mission of the Forensic Science & Evidence Services Division is to diligently identify, collect, analyze, and safeguard evidence; to objectively convey empirical data, and to adhere to the highest quality standards while promoting a team-focused environment.
Forensic Science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws. Using scientific methodology to analyze evidence, our Laboratory provides powerful tools to investigators in the field, and to the pursuit of the unbiased truth. We achieve this by continually striving to ensure the quality and reliability of laboratory data through the use of fully documented and approved methods and procedures.
The Laboratory deploys a fully accredited quality assurance program to ensure all functions perform as intended which deliver solutions that provide our customers with exceptional service as well a providing ultimate continual business improvement. This promotes efficiency in the use of departmental resources, engages fiscal responsibility and attracts/retains talented professionals. The Laboratory focuses on employee well-being and fostering a fair and inclusive workspace. We put the utmost value on quality, accuracy, integrity, accountability, respect, and teamwork.
Accreditation and Regulation:
The Forensic Science & Evidence Services Division ensures the quality of it's work by being accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020 by ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB). The fields of Forensic Science that are currently accredited are Forensic Biology, Drug Analysis, Latent Prints, Forensic Processing, and Firearms Analysis for ISO/IEC 17025 Forensic Testing. The Crime Scene Sciences Unit is accredited to ISO/IEC 17020 standards for Forensic Inspection.
Currently the Photography Unit, The Administrative Unit, and the Evidence Management Unit are not accredited portions of this Division.
In addition to being accredited the Forensic Science & Evidence Services Division is also regulated by the State of Maryland known as the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) and because the DNA Analysis Unit of the Forensic Laboratory Section is a CODIS participating Laboratory that Unit is regulated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Quality Assurance Standards for DNA participating Laboratories (FBI QAS).
The Forensic Science & Evidence Services Division is often thought of as one entity often called the "Crime Lab;" however, the Forensic Science & Evidence Services Division consists of two sections the Crime Scene Sciences and Evidence Control Section, and the Forensic Laboratory Section. These sections are then broken down into several functional units.
Crime Scene Sciences and Evidence Management Section
- Crime Scene Sciences Unit
- Photography Unit
- Evidence Management Unit
Forensic Laboratory Section
Analytical Unit Branch
- Forensic Biology Unit
- Drug Analysis Unit
- Forensic Processing Unit
Comparative Sciences Branch
- Latent Print Unit
- Firearms Analysis Unit