The Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division (MSP-FSD) is comprised of the Office of the Director, the Operational Services Branch and the Scientific Analysis Branch.
The Office of the Director consists of the Director, Deputy Director, Assistant Commander, and Quality Assurance / Safety Manager. This administrative unit is responsible for the overall management of the division. The Director oversees the management of the entire division while the Assistant Commander oversees the Operational Services Branch and the Deputy Director oversees the Scientific Analysis Branch. The Operational Services Branch consists of two Sections comprised of seven Units. The Scientific Analysis Branch consists of four Sections comprised of eleven Units. The personnel within the Operational Services Branch and the Scientific Analysis Branch provide scientific support services to the law enforcement community.
The MSP-FSD operates under the following principles:
Our dedication to integrity,
fairness, and service ensures
that our clients are always provided with reports and expert
testimony that are informative,
ethical, impartial, reliable,
and scientifically valid.
The mission of
the Forensic Sciences Division is to serve as the model laboratory
for the analysis of forensic evidence in the State of Maryland by employing the following elements:
- Promotion of employee morale through a respectful, unified, and safe work environment.
- Meeting the
forensic science needs of Maryland and its citizens.
- Maintaining ISO
17025 accreditation and
compliance with all oversight
- Minimizing backlogs
and turnaround time.
- Operating in
a planned, prepared, and proactive manner.
- To respect,
acknowledge, value, challenge, and retain our employees.
- To collaborate with other laboratories and agencies and
maximize the forensic services
available to Maryland and its citizens.
- To promote state of the science operations through continuing education
and the routine evaluation of current procedures.
- To eliminate backlogs and initiate cases upon submission.
- To maximize
the public’s return on
investment by ensuring that sufficient resources are always available
to the FSD and that
those resources are always
procured in the most fiscally responsible manner possible.
For information on careers in Forensic Science, please visit American Academy of Forensic Sciences - Choosing a Career. To look for job openings within the Maryland State Police, refer to State of Maryland Job Openings and choose "Maryland State Police" in the Department drop down menu.