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Forensic Laboratory Services · Overview

The State Patrol's Forensic Laboratory Services provide a wide range of forensic science expertise to city, county, and state law enforcement officers, medical examiners and coroners, assisting agencies at crime scenes, preparing evidence for trial, and providing expert testimony.

The bureau also oversees and coordinates the efforts of the State’s Breath Alcohol Test Program, Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program, six Crime Laboratories, the Latent Print Laboratory, the CODIS (felon database) Laboratory, and the State Toxicology Laboratory.

Accreditation & Criteria

The Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau continually strives to provide the highest level of forensic services possible. One method for doing so is by pursuing, achieving and maintaining accreditation from external auditing bodies.

Accrediting Organizations:

  • The Crime Laboratory Division was accredited under the ASCLD/LAB Legacy program from 1983 until July of 2010. On July 27, 2010, all eight laboratories in the Crime Lab Division were awarded accreditation under the ASCLD/LAB International program, which is based on ISO Standard 17025 for testing laboratories.

  • American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) – The Breath Test Program and the calibration function of the Toxicology Laboratory were accredited under ASCLD/LAB International Program November 16, 2009. The Toxicology Laboratory has been accredited by the America Board of Forensic Toxicology since July 2005.

Standards & Accountability:

The Standards & Accountability section has oversight over the quality assurance program for the FLSB, which includes maintaining the accreditation of each division.

Each accreditation and certifying organization has standards and criteria that must be met:

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Forensic Lab Services Directory

Bureau Headquarters - Olympia
Forensic Lab Services Bureau - Washington State Patrol
PO Box 42600
Olympia, WA 98504-2600
Phone: (360) 596-4120

Crime Scene Response Team
Phone: (253) 255-3064

Standards & Accountability Manager:
Email: Erik Neilson
Phone: (206) 262-6113

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Acting Director Larry Hebert

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