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The DC Code: § 5-1501.06 Powers and duties of the Department.

Index5 Police, Firefighters, Medical Examiner, and Forensic Sciences. (Refs & Annos)
a
The Department shall provide forensic science services for the District of Columbia, which may include:
1
Forensic alcohol;
2
Computer forensics;
3
Analysis of controlled substances;
4
DNA/biological material analysis;
5
Fingerprint comparison;
6
Firearms and tool mark examination;
7
Forensic photography;
8
Analysis of questioned documents;
9
Trace evidence analysis; and
10
Emerging fields in forensic science.
b
The Department shall provide these forensic science services upon request to:
1
District agencies, including:
A
The MPD;
B
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner;
C
The Office of the Attorney General;
D
The Department of Health; and
E
The Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department; and
2
To the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
c
The Department also may provide forensic science services to other law enforcement or investigative agencies.
d
(1) The Department shall be accredited by an appropriate, bona fide national accrediting organization.
2
Department accreditation shall be obtained before January 1, 2014.
3
Any forensic unit not included in the Department's accreditation, and any forensic unit subsequently added to the Department, shall be accredited as soon as possible.
e
The Department shall provide for the security and protection of evidence and samples in its custody.
f
The Department shall provide training regarding the collection and preservation of forensic evidence to:
1
Law enforcement agencies;
2
Hospitals; and
3
Other entities or individuals that collect evidence for testing or examination by the Department.
g
The Department shall, to the extent feasible, complete cases submitted by MPD in the priority order requested by the Chief of Police.
h
(1) The Department shall make available all records pertaining to the analysis conducted in a particular case to the agency that requested the analysis.
2
If the records pertain to a criminal prosecution, the Department shall provide the prosecutor with 2 identical sets of records, one for the government and one for the defense.
3
For the purposes of this subsection, the term "records" shall include:
A
Lab notes and bench notes;
B
Worksheets, graphs, and charts;
C
Photographs;
D
Raw data;
E
Reports;
F
Statistical information used to calculate probabilities or uncertainty;
G
Any logs related to the equipment or materials used in testing;
H
Any written communications or records of oral communications regarding a specific individual case between the Department and any other agency or between the Department and any person not employed by the Department, except as otherwise prohibited by law; and
I
Proficiency test results for individual examiners involved in the analysis.
i
The following documents shall be public documents:
1
All accreditation documents;
2
All of the documents listed in § 5-1501.04(b);
3
Any investigative report prepared pursuant to § 5-1501.10(c);
4
Minutes of meetings of the Board; and
5
Any other documents as required by law to be public.

Historical and Statutory

Legislative History of Laws For history of Law 19-18, see notes under § 5-1501.01. DC CODE § 5-1501.06 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Aug. 17, 2011, D.C. Law 19-18, § 7, 58 DCR 5403.)