Boston Police Crime Lab Receives National Accreditation
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For Immediate Release
July 11, 2002
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Police
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Media Relations
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On June 21, 2002, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board bestowed national accreditation upon the Boston Police Crime Laboratory. The ASCLD-LAB only grants accreditation to a crime lab after a thorough evaluation of a laboratory's management practices, personnel qualifications, technical procedures and quality assurance facilities. After this thorough evaluation, the ASCLD-LAB notified the Boston Police Crime Laboratory that it had exceeded many of the high standards for accreditation.

Accreditation is a crowning achievement for the Boston Police Crime Laboratory that consistently delivers quality forensic services to police personnel and the citizens of Boston. The laboratory's DNA section became the first accredited Forensic DNA laboratory in New England in 1998. Since that time, the Boston Police Crime Laboratory has focused its resources to develop innovative strategies to provide DNA analysis for criminal cases and investigations. Currently, the Crime Lab and the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit are collaborating on a project involving hundreds of no-suspect sexual assault cases dating back to 1984. The purpose of the project is to analyze these assaults and to generate DNA profiles to enter into a national DNA database. The project has already produced successful "hits" with the database on its first batch of cases.

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