Crime Laboratory Management

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Academic Press, Nov 1, 2002 - Social Science - 290 pages
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Crime Laboratory Management is the first book to address the unique operational, administrative, and political issues involved in managing a forensic laboratory. It guides managers and supervisors through essential tasks ranging from hiring and training of staff to quality control, facilities management, and public relations.

Author Jami St. Clair has more than 20 years experience in forensic science and served as President of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors in 1998-1999. She and her colleagues have designed this book to be useful for supervisors at every level. With its combination of classic management theories and practical information, this unique resource will help managers ensure that their laboratories operate efficiently and survive the intense scrutiny of today's criminal justice system. It will also help students and professional with an interest in forensic science and crime laboratory operation to better understand the functions of labs and the critical role they play in handling and analyzing evidence.

* Shows how to handle a wide variety of administrative and operational issues in forensic laboratories
* Provides new and experienced managers with practical information from qualified experts
* Outlines standards and procedures to help ensure quality results from laboratory analyses
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 THE ROLE OF THE CRIME LABORATORY
1
CHAPTER 2 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
23
CHAPTER 3 ETHICS
71
CHAPTER 4 QUALITY IN CRIME LABORATORIES
93
CHAPTER 5 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
119
CHAPTER 6 PROJECT MANAGEMENT
137
CHAPTER 7 RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
159
CHAPTER 8 EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS
185
CHAPTER 9 SAFETY IN THE FORENSIC LABORATORY
229
APPENDIX A AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FORENSIC SCIENCES CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT
265
APPENDIX B AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS CODE OF ETHICS
268
APPENDIX C AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIME LABORATORY DIRECTORS CODE OF ETHICS
270
APPENDIX D AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIME LABORATORY DIRECTORS GUIDELINES FOR FORENSIC LABORATORY MANAGEMENT ...
271
APPENDIX E SAMPLE GRANT PROPOSAL
276
INDEX
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Jami J. St. Clair has more than 20 years of experience in forensic science and is past President of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). She has provided expert witness testimony in over 100 criminal and civil trials and has been the Crime Laboratory Manager for the Columbus Division of Police for over 10 years.

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