Crime Laboratory Operations

Crime Laboratory Director's Meeting Report

In August 2016, NIJ convened a meeting with forensic Laboratory Directors to gather feedback on our programs and discuss the needs and challenges in the forensic science practitioner community. Read a summary report.

In crime laboratories, scientists analyze evidence collected from ​crime scenes, suspects and victims. They may analyze anything from DNA or fingerprints to human remains or suspicious substances.

Due to the increasing reliance on scientific methodologies in criminal investigations, many laboratories have faced mounting workloads. NIJ has committed to helping crime laboratories increase their capacity by streamlining their processes, hiring more personnel, purchasing technology and supplies and providing up-to-date training to keep up with technological capabilities in solving crime. NIJ also supports accessible resources for crime laboratory personnel, such as Web-based databases.


Date Modified: May 28, 2019