New York State Police

Forensic Science: General FAQs

Q.  Is the New York Start Police Forensic Science Laboratory accredited?

Yes. The NYSP Forensic Laboratory System is mandated by the Executive Law to be accredited every five (4) years by the ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board). Additionally, the laboratory system undergoes a full inspection in the middle of each 4-year cycle. ANAB has recently adopted the ASCLD/LAB Accreditation program and continues to follow the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 17025 accreditation standards, for the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The additional ISO accreditation standards signify the laboratory’s commitment to the highest quality forensic service.

Q.  How many laboratories are in the Forensic Laboratory System and where are they located?

The Headquarters Laboratory is located within the Forensic Investigation Center in Albany, NY. The three (3) regional laboratories are strategically located in Newburgh (Orange County), Port Crane (Broome County) and Olean (Cattaraugus County).

Q.  How many cases does the Laboratory System process annually?

In 2017, the laboratory system received 14,181 new cases; during the same year 12,945 cases were processed. Additionally, 50,192 samples were processed by the DNA Databank for submission into CODIS (Combined DNA Index System).

Q.  What is the impact of forensic science on courtroom testimony?

The results of forensic analysis can be irrefutable; therefore, its impact on courtroom testimony is significant. Examples include: Matching the DNA pattern of a blood sample to the DNA pattern of a suspect’s blood (or matching it to a convicted offender), matching extracted casings found at a crime scene to those from a specific firearm, and the expert testimony of a drug chemist to a previously unknown substance.

Q.  Does the New York State Laboratory system work with any national organizations?

Yes. The Laboratory has collaborated with a number of organizations including:

Q.  When are tours of the Forensic Investigation Center conducted?

Tours are not being offered at this time.