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Centre Receiving Office - Submission of cases to CFS:

October 2016

CFS is currently testing a new online case submission system which is on track to go live this winter.

The system will require all cases to undergo a pre-submission review, resulting in notification of which items are approved to submit.

Clients will benefit from a more efficient and effective submission service, provided only those items which have been pre-approved are delivered to the laboratory.

Physical Sciences Section: IBIS TRAX-HD3D

October 2016

The Firearms Unit is now equipped with the latest generation of Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) technology.  IBIS TRAX-HD3D allows for:

·        comparison of exhibits in any direction

·        emphasizes areas of interest using specialized features

·        comparison of highly deformed bullets and bullet fragments

IBIS TRAX-HD3D has been designed to integrate into the existing IBIS network to preserve compatibility with previous data.

Physical Sciences Section: ESDA / Indentation examinations

October 2016

The Documents Unit is now offering an expedited ESDA / indentation exam within 3 business days. 

This new service enables the recovery of latent indentations, production of a quality copy of the document for future handwriting comparison and the quick return of the document to the police agency for fingerprint analysis.

Message from the Director

August 2016

Tony Tessarolo

I’d like to welcome you to the new website of the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS).

CFS has been providing independent, high quality forensic science services across Ontario in support of public safety for over 65 years.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to the safety of Ontario’s communities and to supporting justice by providing timely and high quality forensic science service.

Our People

A dedicated team of 240 scientific and support staff in two laboratory locations, examining over 40,000 pieces of evidence each year in support of a wide variety of criminal and Coroner’s investigations.

Our Commitment

As an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, CFS is committed to quality through continuous improvement.

Unlike the dramatization of forensic science that has become commonplace on television, real forensic science requires attention to detail, objectivity, and an uncompromising commitment to quality improvement and timeliness.

Our goal is to use this website as a forum to showcase our capabilities and our people.  We also want to share some of the important initiatives that we are working on as we pursue Science for Justice.

Thank you for your interest in the Centre of Forensic Sciences.

Anthony Tessarolo, Director, Centre of Forensic Sciences

International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) triennial conference - Toronto, August 2017

TORONTO – IAFS is hosting its triennial conference in Toronto from August 21-25, 2017.

IAFS poster