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The market future for forensic science services in England and Wales

Gallop, A. and Brown, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0002-6395-0244 (2014) The market future for forensic science services in England and Wales. Policing, 8 (3). pp. 254-264. ISSN 1752-4512

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Identification Number: 10.1093/police/pau021


The creation of a competitive market to provide Forensic Science Services (FSSs) to the police within England and Wales has resulted in some notable gains but current trends are now attracting predictions of potential disaster. This article describes the background to the present arrangements and provides an analysis of predicaments exacerbated by the closure of the FSS—namely the regulatory gap, the justice deficit, market instability, and threats to research and development. Drawing on Gallop’s professional experience as a forensic scientist and both authors’ involvement in the Independent Police Commission, this article argues that a free market will inevitably result in compromises to the criminal justice system. Suggestions are posed for a managed market to avert disaster.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 15:56
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:13

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