The Boise Police Department Crime Lab recently received an impressive accreditation. The Crime Lab, which is responsible for documenting and analyzing crime scenes and evidence, received accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
“This accreditation gives our community the assurance and peace of mind that they can trust our results,” said Crime Lab Supervisor Jennifer Delaney. “Having this outside entity review our processes and procedures proves our services meet the highest standards, and we are very proud of this international accreditation.”
This accomplishment was thanks in part to our community partners including Matthew Gamette with the Idaho State Police and the team that supports the accreditation initiative through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.
The Boise Police Department Crime Lab provides forensic services for criminal investigations. Criminalists analyze, evaluate, and examine evidence, interpret results, provide technical assistance and training, as well as provide expert testimony. The A2LA accreditation covers three disciplines, crime scene investigation, biology screening, and latent print processing and examination.
“The work done by our lab is an important part of the criminal justice system and we have worked hard to reach and maintain these strict standards,” said Crime Lab Supervisor Jennifer Delaney. “When we testify in court, accreditation shows we are operating on the same high-level playing field as other forensic experts.”
The Boise Police Department Crime Lab is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 through April 30, 2024. To maintain A2LA accreditation, outside assessors independently evaluate laboratory manuals, reports, and corrective actions. Representatives of A2LA regularly visit laboratories to assess compliance to international standards and laboratory policy and procedure.