ARE WE TAKING PHYSICAL EVIDENCE SERIOUSLY? The SAPS Criminal Record and Forensic Science Service
Much criticism relating to delays in processing DNA and DNA backlogs has been levelled at the policeâ€™s forensic science laboratory in recent years. It is, however, encouraging that South African Police Service statistics show that while backlogs were substantial from 2004 to 2006, the situation has since improved. Despite this, the Criminal Record and Forensic Science Service (CRFSS) in the SAPS still faces several challenges, notably the high cost of training, low salaries, high staff turnover in the CRFSS and problems relating to evidence collection at crime scenes.
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