Each year, the RCMP’s National Forensic Laboratory Services (NFLS) processes thousands of requests from police agencies across the country for forensic services, in areas such as biology (DNA), toxicology, trace evidence, anti-counterfeiting, and firearms and toolmark identification. These services play a vital role in criminal investigations. This summer, the RCMP took ownership of its new laboratory facility in Surrey, B.C., which replaces the existing 45-year-old Vancouver laboratory. This new facility, which is targeted to meet LEED Gold environmental standards, features advanced telecommunications systems and specialized workstations designed to fulfill lab operating requirements. “As the RCMP looks to its future as a modern, advanced police service, we will continue to prioritize acquiring new technology that will ensure our long-term capabilities,” says RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki. In 2018–2019, NFLS processed 17,154 forensic service requests.
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