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  ( Part 4 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 1385. )


  ( Title 1 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 1385. )

CHAPTER 1. Investigation, Identification, and Information Responsibilities of the Department of Justice [11006 - 11144]

  ( Heading of Chapter 1 amended by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1377. )

ARTICLE 2.3. California Criminalistics Institute [11060 - 11062]
  ( Article 2.3 added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1040, Sec. 1. )


There is hereby established in the Bureau of Forensic Services of the Department of Justice the California Criminalistics Institute.

The purposes of the institute shall include, but need not be limited to, the facilitation of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to meet the high technology forensic science needs of crime laboratories operated by the department and local law enforcement agencies, the provision of a statewide upgrading of advanced laboratory services incorporating new and developing technologies, the provision of training and methodology development for all law enforcement agencies, and the handling of advanced casework laboratory referral services.

The California Criminalistics Institute is intended for use by state and local forensic scientists and law enforcement personnel.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 56, Sec. 28. Effective January 1, 1994.)


To meet the increasing statewide need for criminalists properly trained in DNA analysis, the Department of Justice, the California State University, and, upon agreement by the regents, the University of California, shall work together to enhance collaborative opportunities for DNA training of university students, graduates, and existing employees of crime laboratories.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 477, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2002.)


(a) The Department of Justice, through its California Criminalistics Institute, shall develop and coordinate an internship program in forensic DNA analysis for graduate-level students.

(1) Candidates for the program must possess at least a baccalaureate degree.

(2) The program shall be associated with graduate academic programs at accredited postsecondary institutions including the University of California and the California State University.

(3) The program shall include a one-year internship at a public forensic DNA laboratory for which the interns shall receive a stipend or fellowship funded by the Department of Justice.

(4) The program shall be designed to prepare students to meet national standards for DNA analysis, such as those established by the DNA Advisory Board (DAB) and the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM).

(5) In order to complete the program, interns shall be required to successfully complete a national certification examination like that administered in forensic molecular biology by the American Board of Criminalistics.

(b) Funding for the provisions of this measure shall be subject to both of the following conditions:

(1) The Department of Justice shall establish a working partnership and affiliation with accredited postsecondary institutions that can provide graduate-level academic programing.

(2) The Department of Justice shall submit a budgetary request for the internship program to the Director of the Department of Finance by May 15, 2002.

(c) The provisions of this act may only be implemented to the extent funds are appropriated for their purposes in the annual Budget Act.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 477, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2002.)


(a) The Department of Justice shall establish and chair a task force to conduct a review of California’s crime laboratory system.

(b) The task force shall be known as the “Crime Laboratory Review Task Force.” The composition of the task force shall, except as specified in paragraph (16), be comprised of one representative of each of the following entities:

(1) The Department of Justice.

(2) The California Association of Crime Laboratory Directors.

(3) The California Association of Criminalists.

(4) The International Association for Identification.

(5) The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.

(6) The Department of the California Highway Patrol.

(7) The California State Sheriffs’ Association, from a department with a crime laboratory.

(8) The California District Attorneys Association, from an office with a crime laboratory.

(9) The California Police Chiefs Association, from a department with a crime laboratory.

(10) The California Peace Officers’ Association.

(11) The California Public Defenders Association.

(12) A private criminal defense attorney organization.

(13) The Judicial Council, to be appointed by the Chief Justice.

(14) The Office of the Speaker of the Assembly.

(15) The Office of the President pro Tempore of the Senate.

(16) Two representatives to be appointed by the Governor.

(c) The task force shall review and make recommendations as to how best to configure, fund, and improve the delivery of state and local crime laboratory services in the future. To the extent feasible, the review and recommendations shall include, but are not limited to, addressing the following issues:

(1) With respect to organization and management of crime laboratory services, consideration of the following:

(A) If the existing mix of state and local crime laboratories is the most effective and efficient means to meet California’s future needs.

(B) Whether laboratories should be further consolidated. If consolidation occurs, who should have oversight of crime laboratories.

(C) If management responsibilities for some laboratories should be transferred.

(D) Whether all laboratories should provide similar services.

(E) How other states have addressed similar issues.

(2) With respect to staff and training, consideration of the following:

(A) How to address recruiting and retention problems of laboratory staff.

(B) Whether educational and training opportunities are adequate to supply the needs of fully trained forensic criminalists in the future.

(C) Whether continuing education is available to ensure that forensic science personnel are up-to-date in their fields of expertise.

(D) If crime laboratory personnel should be certified, and, if so, the appropriate agency to assume this responsibility.

(E) The future educational role, if any, for the University of California or the California State University.

(3) With respect to funding, consideration of the following:

(A) Whether the current method of funding laboratories is predictable, stable, and adequate to meet future growth demands and to provide accurate and timely testing results.

(B) The adequacy of salary structures to attract and retain competent analysts and examiners.

(4) With respect to performance standards and equipment, consideration of the following:

(A) Whether workload demands are being prioritized properly and whether there are important workload issues not being addressed.

(B) If existing laboratories have the necessary capabilities, staffing, and equipment.

(C) If statewide standards should be developed for the accreditation of forensic laboratories, including minimum staffing levels, and if so, a determination regarding what entity should serve as the sanctioning body.

(d) The task force also shall seek input from specialized law enforcement disciplines, other state and local agencies, relevant advocacy groups, and the public. The final report also shall include a complete inventory of existing California crime laboratories. This inventory shall contain sufficient details on staffing, workload, budget, major instrumentation, and organizational placement within the controlling agency.

(e) The first meeting of the task force shall occur no later than December 9, 2007.

(f) On or before July 1, 2009, the task force shall submit a final report of its findings to the Department of Finance and to the budget and public safety committees of both houses of the Legislature.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 179, Sec. 182. Effective January 1, 2009.)

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