The government’s forensic regulator Gillian Tully says that police forensic services fail to meet standards, according to this report in The Guardian.
The report is available at gov.uk. This report covers the period between November 2016 and November 2017 and its aims are to:
- Inform stakeholders of the Forensic Science Regulator’s priorities, progress and plans
- Evaluate what has been achieved
- Identify areas where more work is required
- Identify the main risks to forensic science quality
The report points out that forensic work is routinely sent out to unaccredited laboratories who are failing to meet basic standards. The Conservatives closed the Forensic Science Service in 2012 in order to create a competitive market for forensic service. Once the government started slashing police budgets, forensic work predictably started going to the lowest bidder rather than the bidder who could supply the best service.
The full report can be read online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/674761/FSRAnnual_Report_2017_v1_01.pdf