Virginia Department of Forensic Science

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Virginia Department of Forensic Science
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Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Agency overview
Headquarters700 North Fifth Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
37°32′50″N 77°26′01″W / 37.54712°N 77.43374°W / 37.54712; -77.43374
Annual budget$47,861,280 USD[2]
Agency executive
  • Linda Jackson[3], Department Director
Parent agencyVirginia Secretary of Public Safety

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science (DFS) is a state agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to provide laboratory services in criminal matters in Virginia and to increase understanding of forensic science in general.[2]

In 1972, DFS was first formed as a bureau attached to the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS).[1] This bureau became a division in 1990, and a department in 2005. The current director, Linda Jackson, has been director of DFS since February 2013.[4][5] DFS reports to the Governor's Secretary of Public Safety.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Recognizing forensic science's role in solving crimes in Virginia". CBS19 News. September 17, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Department of Forensic Science (778) Strategic Planning". Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Director's Office". Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Walter, Ashlie (October 23, 2014). "Waiting for Justice". The News & Advance. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "McDonnell Announces Appointment Of Linda C. Jackson To Director Of Department Of Forensic Science". December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "About DFS". Retrieved December 2, 2018.

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