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Sheriff’s Office Forensic Fab Meets Highest World-wide Accreditation Standard

Sheriff’s Office Forensic Fab Meets Highest World-wide Accreditation Standard

Author: Sheriff's Office/Thursday, October 23, 2014/Categories: Sheriff

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ments.  The chair of the ASCLD/LAB, when notifying the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office that it had attained this status, stated, “Accreditation is granted only after a thorough evaluation of the laboratory’s management system and technical procedures and practices.

Accreditation is the result of an extensive commitment of resources and much preparation by the management and personnel of the entire program.  I commend the efforts of all employees involved in this achievement.”
The New York State Commission on Forensic Science recognizes the international and national standards of ISO/IEC and ASCLD/LAB and congratulated the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office for establishing “a viable quality system which meets the highest peer-based standards for forensic laboratories” that enhances the reliability of the forensic sciences in New York State.

The forensic science testing disciplines and testing categories measured by ISO/IEC 17025 include drug chemistry relating to controlled substances and qualitative analysis; human performance forensic toxicology, forensic urine drug testing and post-mortem forensic toxicology; body fluid identification; trace evidence relating to paint, fiber and textiles, hair, fire debris and general physical and chemical analysis; firearms and toolmarks; impression evidence from footwear or tires and serial number restoration.  The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory processed 3,310 cases while working with 33 different public safety agencies from throughout Western New York in 2013.

Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said, “After several years of preparation and dedicated effort by the exceptional laboratory staff, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory was awarded international and state accreditation under the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025.  This is a painstaking process.  The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory personnel are individuals whose finely honed skills are matched by their enthusiastic commitment to their task.  They are true public servants.  We are fortunate to have such talented professionals working for the people of Niagara County.

“Forensics, defined as relating to the use of scientific knowledge or methods in solving crimes, has been thrust into the public consciousness by popular television shows like CSI, Cold Case Files, Forensic Files and other top-rated programs.  The forensic sciences have taken on a larger role in modern law enforcement with the advent of constantly evolving technology meshing with up-to-date investigative techniques.  The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office believes it is important to let the public know what we are doing to carry out our mission to safeguard life and property, preserve the peace, prevent and detect crime, enforce the law, and protect the rights of all citizens.”

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