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Putting a price on the justice system

By Sunny November 16th, 2011 News Comments Off

More feedback and opinion regarding the closure of the FSS from Anna Sandiford (Nov 13 2011).  Dr Anna Sandiford is a Forensic Science Consultant and Expert Witness. She is also Director of The Forensic Group, a scientific consultancy based in New Zealand with an extensive national and international networks of experts upon whom to call. She has been been involved with forensic science since 1998 in both the UK and New Zealand and has assisted with cases mostly in New Zealand and the UK. (more…)

Forensic Science Service closure forces police to use untested private firms

By Sunny September 5th, 2011 News Comments Off

This article is taken from the Guardian Newspaper and was first published on Wednesday 3 August 2011. The original article can be found at www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/03/forensic-science-service-closure-police

Forces employing suppliers without ‘due diligence’ after rushed closure of loss-making central service

The closure of the Forensic Science Service has been so rushed that police forces have been forced to turn to untested private suppliers to fill the gap, a police authority has warned. (more…)

BBC News: Ministers accused of DNA database U-turn

By Sunny August 16th, 2011 News Comments Off

The Home Office has denied breaking a pledge to delete the DNA profiles of more than a million innocent people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The samples will be deleted from the national DNA database, but the details could be kept by local forensic science labs, it has emerged. The Home Office says the material will be anonymised to protect people’s privacy. (more…)

Research and Development in Forensic Science: a Review

By Sunny August 15th, 2011 News No Comments

The following is taken from homeoffice.gov.uk and was originally published on June 30th 2011.

In January 2011, Professor Bernard Silverman, Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, was commissioned by Home Office ministers to conduct a review of research and development relevant to forensic science. (more…)

New Scientist: Forensic marriage could preserve the UK’s reputation

By Sunny May 21st, 2011 News No Comments

Shaoni Bhattacharya, contributor, New Scientist

This may not be Westminster Abbey, and there’s no Wills or Kate, declared veteran TV presenter Nick Ross at London’s Science Museum last night. But there is, he went on to say, a beautiful wedding in store.

After a long courtship the public and private sectors in forensic science in the UK and Ireland are coming together, said Ross, speaking at the launch of the Association of Forensic Science Providers (AFSP).

The launch is significant because the UK’s forensic services are in turmoil, and their future uncertain, because the government’s has announced that it will close its leading forensic research centre, the Forensic Science Service, in March next year. (more…)

Society of Biology Comments on Defra R&D Cuts

By Sunny May 20th, 2011 News No Comments

Defra’s updated Evidence Strategy details cuts in the departmental research and development budget over the next four years, in order to meet savings required by the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review. Defra was worst-hit by the CSR, with a budget cut of 30%, compared to the government average of 19%.

The report states that this will be achieved ‘by reducing, in real terms, resource (‘programme’) spending by 29%, capital spending by 34% and the administration budget by 33%’. This means ‘total evidence budgets’, essentially research commissioned by Defra at its laboratory agencies, will decline over the next four years. (more…)