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Forensic Services

Forensic Services SPA deliver world-leading Forensic Services. Our 500 highly-trained and skilled scientists and staff operate from four main laboratory sites in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and at the Scottish Crime Campus in Gartcosh with Scene Examination based throughout Scotland. The services we offer include: Biology; DNA; Chemistry and Documents; Drugs and Toxicology; Fingerprint Comparison; Finger Mark Enhancement; Firearms; Imaging and Multimedia Services; and Scene Examination.

The unique Forensic Services SPA crime scene-to-court model provides robust support to the delivery of justice. A ‘sterile corridor’ is also in place between Forensic Services SPA and Police Scotland – which ensures impartiality and independence – key values in delivering forensic services throughout the criminal justice system.

The majority of the work of Forensic Services SPA has been accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for more than 20 years – this provides third party quality assurance on the technical and managerial standards in place. The Director of Forensic Services SPA reports to the Chair of the Scottish Police Authority. The SPA Forensic Services Committee was established in October 2018 by the Scottish Police Authority to provide oversight and scrutiny the work of Forensic Services and the committee’s meetings are open to the public.

Forensic 2026 Strategy

Our Forensic 2026 Strategy aims to continue to grow scientific excellence to prevent, detect and investigate crime – in line with the Scottish Government’s Justice Outcomes and the strategic aims of Police Scotland and the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service.


Forensic Services can confirm we have complied with the Health & Safety Executive and the Government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19: