Police Commissioner Raymond
W. Kelly announced today that the NYPD
Crime Laboratory received a near perfect score in its recent accreditation
assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/ Laboratory
Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB).
The NYPD Crime Laboratory satisfied 391 of the 397 (98.4%) criteria covered
under the new and more rigorous accreditation standards for forensic
laboratories. The NYPD is the largest municipal crime laboratory in the
United States to voluntarily submit to an assessment under new guidelines that
more than double the number of criteria tested under the previous accreditation
am pleased that our crime lab scored well under this new more rigorous
assessment,” Commissioner Kelly said. “This is the gold standard for Crime labs
and the results show that we are holding ourselves to the highest standards
established by the forensic science community.”
The disciplines covered under the ASCLDS/LAB assessment of the NYPD Crime
Laboratory included General Controlled Substances Analysis, Toxicology, Trace
Evidence Analysis (Paint, Glass, Hair, Explosives), Firearms, Latent Print
Processing, and Document Examination. Specific categories of testing
covered by the 397 criteria include Safety, Quality Assurance, Staffing, Records
Management, Laboratory Equipment, Document Control, and Evidence Storage.
The on site assessment by ASCLD/LAB was conducted from October 22-26 2007.
The NYPD Crime Laboratory is one of the busiest forensic laboratories in the
world receiving approximately 160,000 cases annually for