On January 1, 2015 the National Forensic Centre (NFC) was established as an independent expert organization within the Police authority with an overall responsibility for forensics and a mission to integrate and efficiate the national forensic services.
Our national responsibility for the forensic process includes approximately 1,100 employees and spans from a responsibility to monitor, evaluate, harmonise and assure the quality of all forensic methods throughout the forensic process, i.e. at the crime scene, in the laboratory and in digital forensics, to oversee and decide on materials and equipment.
Moreover, we should perform forensic research and development (R&D) as well as educate and inform on forensic issues. The teaching programmes at the NFC comprise all NFC employees, all crime scene investigators (CSIs), other members of the police, prosecutors, judges and, recently, lawyers. We are a national and international expert organisation reflected by our activities in ENFSI and in national and international organisations for quality assurance.
We also perform and co-ordinate forensic analyses in events involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) materials.
In 2015, the 425 employees at the NFC did more than 120,000 forensic investigations and analyses in all forensic areas, except forensic medicine,** with a steadily increasing influx of cases.
The NFC comprises the national forensic laboratory in Linköping (formerly SKL), which is also the main national laboratory, and regional forensic laboratories in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.
Swedish CSIs are employed at the forensic units of the seven police regions. Some laboratory activities –primarily the development of latent fingerprints – are performed at these units. Digital forensics is undertaken at the NFC’s national laboratory, at the Department of National Operations, and at the forensic units.