Forensic Science Service (FSS) archive - recommendations

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2478
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

With the closure of the national FSS archive, should we introduce clear recommendations to ensure the MPS keeps all relevant material relating to crimes?

Answer

Answer for Forensic Science Service (FSS) archive - recommendations

Answer for Forensic Science Service (FSS) archive - recommendations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Recommendations are not required. MPS guidance already exists on exhibit retention, alongside that recently produced by the National Police Improvement Agency (February 2012). Both contain specifications regarding minimum retention periods for simple, volume and major/serious crimes.

The closure of the national Forensic Science Service archives has not produced any change to MPS arrangements for the retention of forensic exhibits or other material.