The Force seeks to maximise the contribution forensic science makes in supporting the investigation and detection of crime. We will:
- ensure all staff are appropriately trained and competent to deliver their role in a professional manner;
- deliver a crime scene attendance policy procedure that meets the needs of the public and the criminal justice system;
- ensure operational resources are available, to meet the demands of crime scene attendance, in the most effective manner;
- reduce the time between scene examination and detection through the efficient use of deployment, scene examination, evidence processing and the expertise of external forensic providers;
- ensure all primary identification evidence is processed, in the most effective manner, to provide timely evidence for investigating officers to action;
- provide a professional crime scene management and forensic co-ordination process in support of serious and major crime investigations;
- ensure all forensic exhibits are recovered, processed and stored in a manner that maintains accurate continuity, preserves forensic potential, eliminates contamination and are free from health and safety risks;
- use robust casework assessment and interpretation methods to ensure the most effective use of science and deliver value for money against the delegated forensic budgets;
- ensure all forensic providers adhere to required standards of evidence production and all forensic analysis procedures used, are validated to the required standard; and
- promote good practice, innovation and safe working in the use of forensic science, and raise the awareness of the contribution of science to the investigation of crime to members of staff across the organisation and within strategic partner agencies.
If you have a query about this policy, please telephone 0845 6060606 and ask for the Head of Scientific Support.
Alternatively, you may write to West Yorkshire Police Headquarters, PO Box 9, Laburnum Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 3QP, England.