Forensic Science Service (FSS) archive - MPS facilities

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2477
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

With the closure of the FSS archive - which housed more than 1.7 million case files which were regularly used to investigate unsolved crimes and review miscarriages of justice - does the MPS have adequate facilities and resources to protect and preserve forensic archive material?

Answer

Answer for Forensic Science Service (FSS) archive - MPS facilities

Answer for Forensic Science Service (FSS) archive - MPS facilities

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes. The MPS is able to obtain case files and other materials on request from the Forensic Archive Services, a company owned by the Home Office that replaced the Forensic Science Services archive.

Additionally, since 2009 case files arising from Forensic Science Services examinations in London supporting MPS investigations have been retained by the MPS at a Lambeth archive storage site.