The Evidence Chain is of paramount importance when it comes to identifying and stopping criminal activity. Whether that activity is international terrorism or domestic serious crime, many of the processes that are used to identify and classify pieces of evidence crucial to an investigation are the same. From bagging and tagging forensic evidence at the scene of crime, through to analysing it, submitting it to court and then storing it, the Evidence Chain is crucial in today’s fight against crime and terror.
This Evidence Chain is already changing radically. In March 2012 the Government owned Forensic Science Service closed for good, opening up the entire forensic analysis sector to the commercial market. This will force Police, Lawyers, Government Agencies, Intelligent Agencies, Military and Corporate/Private organisations to deal with a bewildering, and often new, range of suppliers and choices when it comes to dealing with forensically analysing their evidence.
The Forensic Science Service was dealing with 60% of the 200,000 plus forensic cases investigated each year in England and Wales alone. This enormous workload must now be dealt with by the commercial/private sector and the in-house labs & evidence recovery teams within some of the larger police forces.
All of these facilities need to be equipped and staffed and comply with procedures outlined in ISO17025 standards. Private companies must already comply too these standards but must increase their capacity and equipment to cater for the higher work load, while The Forensic Science Regulator, has given police forces until 2015 to get their laboratories accredited.
The accreditation and equipping of these facilities is crucial to our lawful prosecution and defence system. Without properly processed forensic analysis by accredited, trained and properly equipped labs and professionals, evidence can quickly loose its effectiveness in a court of law.
- the supply of forensic analysis, products and equipment now open to a wide, and often unknown supplier base;
- a priority placed on reducing costs in light of shrinking budgets;
- and enormous steps forward in new technologies being offered to help reduce those costs
…. there is a growing need to create a platform to showcase these new services and products, illustrate their benefits, and above all their cost savings, and provide networking, education and training for this newly evolving sector.
Therefore Clarion Events (organisers of Counter Terror Expo) in partnership with The Investigator, are creating a leading global Forensics exhibition and conference for sourcing Forensics products, equipment and services, and providing the definitive source of education, best practice, CPD certified sessions, training and networking for the entire forensics sector and supply chain.
The next Forensics Europe Expo will take place 30th April - 1st May 2014 in The Upper West Hall of Olympia, London.
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