What does the closure of the Forensic Science Service labs mean for the UK and other forensic services, world wide?
In the September 8, 2011, the Guardian printed a story, titled: FSS closure may jeopardize serious crime trials, warn Met chiefs. http://tinyurl.com/3ulpdey. Clearly, the users of forensic science services in the UK feel that the closure of the FSS was ill advised.
Forensic science has many stakeholders. The police and prosecution are the obvious ones, however, the general public is the ultimate stakeholder. Public safety is a concern for all. And when government policies make policing more difficult than it is, it frustrates the needs of a country’s citizenry.
“Should government services be gauged by their ability to make a profit? If so, why not privatize all government services, the police, the military, and so forth?”
Perhaps it is time to re-evaluate a decision that ought have been dismissed from the start. The “law of unintended consequences” is lurking and my prediction is that one-day some, the politicians will be asking themselves: “Oh my goodness, what have we done?” What do you think?