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Escondido PD’s Crime Lab achieves a first as a top forensic unit in the nation

From left: Specialist Hastings, Specialist McAloney, Specialist Nichol, and Supervisor Toussaint of the Escondido Police Department’s Crime Lab.

Escondido Police Dept. Forensic Services Unit (FSU) , aka the Crime Lab, is responsible for all the crime scene and fingerprint work at EPD. 

Over the course of the last year, FSU has worked to upgrade and improve policy and processes within the unit in anticipation of being accredited by A2LA. In September, FSU successfully passed the rigorous audit process. FSU is the first organization in the U.S. to achieve A2LA accreditation for crime scene and latent prints. 

This accreditation means FSU provides a high quality of service consistent with international standards as governed under ISO 17020. A2LA is an international third party accreditation body for laboratories, including forensic units.

A2LA, which is based in Frederick, Maryland, announced the accreditation of the Escondido Police Department Forensic Services Unit to ISO/IEC 17020:2012 under the Forensic Examination Accreditation Program for crime scene investigation, latent print processing, and latent print analysis. 

Escondido Police Department is the first organization to attain A2LA accreditation for crime scene and latent prints under ISO/IEC 17020.

“The Escondido Police Department Forensic Services Unit (FSU) is excited to be accredited by A2LA under ISO/IEC 17020 for forensic services. The FSU has worked hard over the last year to prepare for accreditation and to finally be accredited is a great accomplishment,” said Escondido Police Chief Chief Craig Carter, Chief of Police for the Escondido Police Department.

“We congratulate the Escondido Police Department Forensic Services Unit on becoming A2LA’s first forensic unit accredited to ISO/IEC 17020 for crime scene investigation, latent print processing, and latent print analysis,” said Rob Miller, A2LA General Manager. “We are also delighted to add another organization to our growing list of forensic organizations relying upon A2LA as their accreditation body.”

Achieving ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation under A2LA’s Forensic Examination Accreditation Program conveys to potential customers and to judicial and regulatory authorities that an organization has confidence in its work product and that their competence has been confirmed by a third-party, non-profit organization.  

 About A2LA

A2LA is a non-profit, non-governmental, third-party accreditation body, offering internationally-recognized accreditation services to testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers, and product certifiers.

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