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Centre of Forensic Sciences Reports

On July 31, 2017, the Centre of Forensic Sciences officially transitioned to the Cirius Secure E-mail System. All scientific reports sent to clients are managed through the Cirius system. The previously used system, called EATS (Enterprise Attachment Transfer Service), will no longer be available.

Benefits of using Cirius include:

  • enhanced security through added encryption
  • no time limit to open the e-mail and retrieve the report(s)
  • securely share files or attachments of any type or size
  • simple and easy access (only one log-in and password)
  • seamlessly works inside your email on most devices.

See the questions and anwers for an overview of the change.

Message from the Director

March 2017

Anthony TessaroloAn important component to an organization’s commitment to continuous improvement is understanding the changing needs of its clients.

To that end, I have been visiting police services across Ontario over the winter months for CFS Client Consultation Sessions.

Typically, the sessions have been two hours in length and attended by investigators, forensic identification officers and police supervisors.

These forums have provided an ideal opportunity for an informal and open dialogue with this important client group.

Through these conversations, I’ve been able to share important updates about recent developments at CFS, address questions and concerns, and gather useful information about how we might continue to improve on the high quality service we offer.

Anthony Tessarolo, Director, Centre of Forensic Sciences

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:

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.

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

  • comparison of exhibits in any direction
  • emphasizes areas of interest using specialized features
  • comparison of highly deformed bullets and bullet fragments