EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Forensic Science Services

Forensic Science Services

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Public administration and defence
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
84.24 - Public order and safety activities
Number Employed: 1600

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 14-12-2010
Planned Job Reductions min: 1600
Planned Job Reductions max: 1600
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Foreseen End Date: 22-03-2012

Additional Information

Forensic Science Service, a state agency employing 1,600 people is to close by March 2012. The government believes that the private sector which currently supplies 40% of the states forensic services will expand to fill the gap. There has been concern from leading criminology experts that the move will undermine the UK's reputation at the forefront of forensic science.