Lack of strategy on forensic science risks damaging ability to catch criminals, say MPs

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 25 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4735
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The ability to convict serious criminals and ensure justice is done is at risk because of the government’s lack of a strategy for forensic science, MPs have claimed.

A report published on 25 July by the parliamentary science and technology committee warns that changes to forensic science could jeopardise the criminal justice system.1

The government closed the Forensic Science Service (FSS)—the government owned company that analysed crime scene evidence for police forces and government agencies in England and Wales—in March 2012.

As the service was wound down, the government transferred its work …

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