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Proclamation signed for National Forensic Week

08/01/2014


This week is National Forensic Week. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a proclamation today observing the week from August 11-17. The week acknowledges the services and the critical role forensic science plays in our criminal justice system.

The Honolulu Police Department's Scientific Investigation Section is the only full-service forensic laboratory in Hawaii and is accredited in the areas of Biology, Controlled Substances, Firearms/Toolmarks, Trace Chemistry, and Forensic Documents by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/FQS.

Forensic science (often shortened to forensics) is the process of using science to resolve legal issues. This is done by applying many different fields of science, including anthropology, biology, chemistry, engineering, genetics, medicine, pathology, phonetics, psychiatry, and toxicology to matters in which the law has become involved.
The related term criminalistics refers more specifically to the scientific collection and analysis of physical evidence in criminal investigations. This includes the analysis of many kinds of materials, including blood, fibers, bullets, and fingerprints. Many law enforcement agencies operate crime laboratories that perform scientific evaluation and analysis of evidence. At the Honolulu Police Department, the Scientific Investigation Section operates in that capacity.