Forensic Science Service to Close

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]As reported by the BBC, the Government-owned Forensic Science Service (FSS) will be closing in 2012.

The FSS employs 1,600 people and according to the Crime Reduction Minister, James Brokenshire, the Birmingham-based service was losing approximately £2million per month and it is looking likely they could run out of money in January.

The FSS has two offices in Birmingham, one in Chepstow, Chorley, London, Huntingdon and Wetherby. It is thought that due to spending cuts the police had less budget for forensics consultancy and were increasing taking work in-house.

Deputy General of the FSS, Mike Clancy stated, “Cost will now determine justice in the UK. The government is putting its faith in an untested market to deliver forensic science at a time when it has never been more important to the detection of crime.”

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