PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/14/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:081418A
Subject:
Long Beach Police Department’s Crime Laboratory is First in the World to Achieve Highest Level of Accreditation
Contact:
LBPD Media Relations
562.570.5273
LBPDMediaRelations@longbeach.gov





The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is proud to announce on July 17, 2018, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) renewed its Crime Laboratory accreditation in the Field of Forensic Science Testing. Of the 459 accredited forensic laboratories worldwide, the LBPD’s Crime Laboratory is the first to meet the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) new requirements. Based in Wisconsin, the ANAB is the largest multi-disciplinary accreditation body in North America, that sets international standards for all testing and calibration laboratories across scientific disciplines worldwide. 

“I am proud of the men and women of our Police Department who have demonstrated leadership and unwavering commitment to providing excellent public service to the community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “With our world-class forensic laboratory and crime team, we will continue to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

This new level of ANAB accreditation demonstrates the high caliber of the LBPD’s crime laboratory. The ISO’s newest standards put a focus on “Management Requirements,” which relate to the operation and effectiveness of the laboratory's quality management system, and “Technical Requirements,” which include factors that determine the correctness and reliability of the tests and calibrations performed by the laboratory.

“This achievement is the highest level of accreditation a crime laboratory can attain, and a major milestone for our Department,” said Police Chief Robert Luna. “Forensic analysis supports our ability to further investigate crimes, and is a vital law enforcement tool. This accomplishment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our crime lab employees, and demonstrates their commitment to the residents of our community.”

In the spring of 2018, ANAB released the updated version of their additional “forensic-specific” standards, called AR3125, and announced that starting June 1, 2018 they would begin accepting applications for accreditation based on the new standards. All ANAB accredited forensic laboratories, worldwide, will be required to meet these new standards by June 1, 2019.

For more information about the ANAB, the public can visit: https://www.anab.org/forensic-accreditation

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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