Maintaining Public Trust
The public expects and demands that forensic services will produce accurate results.
Inadequate procedures or procedures that are not followed open the door to potentially serious mistakes. A systematic breakdown in forensic services will result in laboratory analyses and findings that cannot be trusted. When this occurs, the rest of the criminal justice system and the public will quickly lose trust.
The consequences for public safety, the law enforcement administrators responsible for the agencies, and laboratories could be severe. Criminals may be set free or innocent citizens may be wrongly convicted. The system will lose credibility with the public, and law enforcement administrators and other elected officials will ultimately bear the blame.
Additional Online Courses
- What Every First Responding Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes
- DNA – A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook
- Crime Scene and DNA Basics
- Laboratory Safety Programs
- DNA Amplification
- Population Genetics and Statistics
- Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA
- Firearms Examiner Training
- Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decisionmakers
- What Every Investigator and Evidence Technician Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court
- Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert
- Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues
- DNA Extraction and Quantitation
- STR Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Communication Skills, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony
- Español for Law Enforcement
- Amplified DNA Product Separation for Forensic Analysts