Criminal justice system and law enforcement authorities

From the crime scene to the courtroom, forensic science services are an integral part of investigations. Forensic best practices are fundamental for recognizing and preserving all items of evidence, for avoiding the loss, deterioration or contamination of evidence, and for ensuring the "chain of custody". The criminal justice system relies on the impartial data provided by forensic science laboratories to build cases based on physical evidence rather then on confession and testimony. The assistance to drug analysis and forensic science laboratories is therefore of direct benefit to the criminal justice and law enforcement system.

Resources available to facilitate the work of officers in the criminal justice system and law enforcement, including those charged with drug law, include:

1. Drug and precursor field detection kits for the preliminary identification of drugs of abuse and of a number of precursor chemicals.

2. A multilingual dictionary of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances under international control, which includes cross-references, trade names and synonyms in six languages.

3. A multilingual dictionary of precursors and chemicals frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances under international control.

4. A manual entitled Crime Scene and Physical Evidence Awareness for Non-Forensic Personnel.

5. A manual entitled Clandestine Manufacture of Substances under International Control.

6. A publication entitled Basic Information on Essential Chemicals/Precursors of the 1988 Convention for Use by Law Enforcement Officers.

7. A manual entitled Rapid Testing Methods of Drugs of Abuse.

8. A publication entitled Terminology and Information on Drugs.

9. A publication entitled Guidelines for the Forensic analysis of drugs facilitating sexual assault and other criminal acts