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Forensic Laboratory Management

Applying Business Principles, 1st Edition

By W. Mark Dale, Wendy S. Becker

CRC Press

363 pages

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New technologies, including DNA and digital databases that can compare known and questioned exemplars, have transformed forensic science and greatly impacted the investigative process. They have also made the work more complicated. Obtaining proper resources to provide quality and timely forensic services is frequently a challenge for forensic mana

Table of Contents

Leadership in Forensic Science Laboratories. Origins and Rationale. Description: National Leadership Challenges. Risks, Problems, Barriers: Leadership Challenges in the Lab. Identifying Leadership Challenges: Insight from Forensic Leaders. Behavioral Costing of Human Resources. Lessons Learned and Recommendations: Measures of Efficiency and Effectiveness. Forensic Laboratory Key Business Metrics and Cost�Benefit Analyses. Laboratory Management Performance Model. Law Enforcement Requirements. Costs. Capability. Cost: Efficiency and Effectiveness. Performance. Benchmarks for Best Practices. Basics of Cost�Benefit Analyses. Laboratory Excellence and Ethics: An Essential Association. Douglas Lucas. Why Is Ethical Conduct Important to Forensic Laboratory Management and Staff?. Ethics: What Are They?. Codes of Ethics: What Are They? Who Needs Them?. Examples of Some Ethical Problems. Why Do People Do Such Things?. Some Ethical Challenges and Dilemmas. Forensic Training, Education, and Institutes. Forensic Science Manager Job Requirements. Identifying the Need for Education, Training, and Professional Development. Laboratory Management Performance Model Professional Development Costs. Solution: Academic Institutes for Forensic Science. Advice for Students Considering a Forensic Career. Curricula. Dedicated Facilities. Two Student Cameos. The Capstone: Testimony. Major Academic and Institute Outcomes. Testimony. ISO Accreditation Implementation: A Framework to Implement a Quality Service. Harold Peel and Murray Malcolm. Background: International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Accrediting Bodies. Why Consider Accreditation? Advantages and Some Considerations. Terminology. ISO/IEC 17025 (2005): Outline and Comment. Section 4. Preparation and Implementation. Writing Policies and Procedures. Lexicon. Scientific Procedure versus Administrative Procedure. Instructions on How to Develop Procedures.

About the Authors

W. Mark Daleis co-principal of Becker?Dale Consulting and most recently the former program manager for Forensic Education and Training at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL). Previously, Dale was the director of the Northeast Regional Forensics Institute (NERFI) at the University at Albany, State University of New York, providing education primarily in forensics biology. Before his position at NERFI, he was the director (inspector in charge) of the New York State Police Laboratory System, Washington State Laboratory System, and the New York City Police Department Laboratory. Dale has also been the president of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (emeritus member), chairman of the New York State Crime Laboratory Advisory Committee, and member of the New York State Commission on Forensic Science. Dale is also an ASCLD/LAB Legacy and International ISO/IEC 17025 trained auditor, ASQ Green Belt Six Sigma certified, and has participated in many ASCLD/LAB Legacy inspections. Dale has coauthored several forensic science management publications with Dr. Wendy Becker.

Wendy S. Beckeris assistant to the associate provost and graduate dean and professor of management at Shippensburg University. She teaches in undergraduate, master?s, Ph.D., and executive programs in the United States, Austria, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Becker received the 2011 Research Excellence Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development. Her research appears in Organizational Research Methods, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Organizational Dynamics, People and Strategy, Research in Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Development Review, Organization Management Journal, Team Performance Management, and Personnel Psychology, among others. Becker earned her Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from Pennsylvania State University. Previously, she was editor of the Indu

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
LAW / Forensic Science