Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $189,460)
As detailed in multiple recent studies and reports including a 2015 Policy Recommendation from the National Commission on Forensic Science, the number of Medical Examiner/Coroner (ME/C) systems holding accreditation is alarmingly low. Current data indicates less than 5% of the nations ME/C systems are accredited by either National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) or the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IAC&ME). The lack of accreditation in the medicolegal investigation field allows for postmortem examinations to occur throughout the nation without assurance of compliance with industry and professional standards. Accreditation is recognized as a solution to strengthen the quality and consistency of ME/C services. The Alameda County Sheriffs Office (ACSO) Coroners Bureau (CB) proposes using two (2) part-time Accreditation Manager's with experience managing the ACSO CB and have the knowledge, skills and abilities to direct and guide the accreditation process.
The ACSO CB project offers a thorough, complete and cost effective approach to achieving NAME accreditation that expands on a model that had demonstrated success in ACSO. The ACSO project outlines an aggressive but realistic timeline representing the ACSO CBs commitment to becoming NAME accredited within the project period.