Forensic science

Forensic science is vital for the smooth running of the criminal justice system, for fighting crime and combating terrorism.

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Research underpins the practice of forensic science to support its development, increase its value to the criminal justice system and improve the efficiency with which forensic evidence is gathered, processed and presented to the courts.

In January 2011 Professor Bernard Silverman, the Home Office’s Chief Scientific Adviser, conducted a review of the research and development currently carried out by forensic science providers, universities and government-related laboratories.

The aim of the review was to advise on the current and likely future status of forensic science research and development in the UK.

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