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Forensic Services Division
Mission Statement
Serving the people of Oregon with the highest standards of science, ethics and professionalism in recovering, preserving and analyzing physical evidence.​
Values


Honor:
 
We will honor the mission entrusted to us by preserving and protecting the public's safety.

Loyalty: We are loyal to the agency's public safety mission and the citizens we service.

Dedication: We are dedicated to delivering excellent public safety services.

Compassion: We will serve all people and fulfill our duties with the utmost understanding and empathy.

Integrity: We will act with the highest level of responsibility and accountability in accordance with the public's interest and trust.


Organization
Annual Performance Measures

The Forensic Services Division is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory system serving all state and local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and prosecuting attorneys in Oregon. The Division also performs forensic analysis on criminal cases for the defense upon a court order.
 
The Forensic Services Division provides Oregon’s only full service forensic laboratory system. Our analysts provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.
 
This forensic analysis is provided by more than 100 employees, strategically located at the Division’s five regional laboratories in Bend, Central Point, Pendleton, Portland, and Springfield. The regions are designed to provide optimum customer service for crime scene response and interaction with local law enforcement.
 
The Director of the Forensic Services Division, along with the Division’s Operations Manager and Quality Assurance Manager, are located at the State Police General Headquarters in Salem. Each of the five regional laboratories is led by a director, who is responsible to oversee local operations and administer the local laboratory’s budget. Although each laboratory has an assigned region, they function collectively in a "single system culture", providing the best service possible to our customers. Under this single system approach, laboratories continuously balance workload by transferring cases to other facilities to ensure the quickest turnaround time. Therefore, each laboratory has at its disposal the entire Division’s statewide resources.
 
The Forensic Services Division is committed to providing the highest quality scientific analysis to the criminal justice system. This quality is translated into accurate, complete, and timely analysis. The Division has a well-defined set of forensic science accreditation requirements and analytical procedures for analysts to follow. To monitor the quality of casework the Division has the following policies: all analysts are proficiency tested annually, casework is technically reviewed by a second analyst and each laboratory undergoes an annual audit by the Quality Assurance Manager. An external audit of each laboratory is conducted every four years by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board.
 
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