U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, located at the Gillem Enclave in Georgia, provides forensic laboratory services to Department of Defense investigative agencies and other Federal law enforcement agencies. USACIL is the only full service forensic laboratory in the DoD and trains special agents and investigators from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines in the Special Agent Laboratory Training Course and manages the USACIDC criminalistics and visual information programs. The examiners and analysts testify in federal, military and state courts as well as multi-national courts. USACIL is on the forefront of battlefield forensics and has a robust Science and Technology Program collaborating with other laboratories and researchers, customers, law enforcement, academia and industry to develop state of the art protocols in scientific investigation.
Historically, the USACIL system included a laboratory in North Africa, then Europe (1943-96), in Japan (1948-93) and in the United States (1945-Present). With one remaining laboratory the USACIL now provides worldwide forensics support from its current location since 1983, at the Gillem Enclave, formerly known as Fort Gillem, Georgia.
The USACIL has continuously been an accredited forensic laboratory since 1985, previously under the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-Legacy Program). In February 2011, the USACIL was accredited by Forensic Quality Services – International (FQS-I), under the internationally recognized standards ”ISO/IEC 17025-2005 General Requirement of the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.” The laboratory provides state of the art forensic examinations in the following disciplines: Drug Chemistry, Trace Evidence, Serology/DNA, Latent Prints, Forensic Documents, Digital Evidence and Firearms & Toolmarks.
The USACIL director is Jeff Salyards.
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