A broken system? Examining the perilous state of quality assurance in crime scene practice

Mehzeb Chowdhury*

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Abstract

Quality assurance in crime scene practice is an underdeveloped and underexamined field despite the cruciality attributed to scene work in achieving criminal justice goals. Formulation of robust strategies has been a shortcoming of oversight bodies, with a marked history of failure to address scene-specific requirements. This paper explores quality assurance mechanisms in the United Kingdom (UK) in order to uncover the longstanding status quo, and sustained challenges facing quality control regimes both on an organisational and personal level. Recommendations on a change in policy, implementation and philosophy are examined to assist with the formulation of effective quality assurance schemes in crime scene practice and align it closer to its laboratory counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-572
Number of pages9
JournalScience and Justice
Volume61
Issue number5
Early online date8 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes

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