410 Forensic Lab

The 4-10 Forensic Lab: 2-Day Workshops and Book Tour

Learn how all 4 levels of responsibility within your laboratory (management, senior professionals, developing professionals, and entry-level employees) can achieve near-perfect performance by collaboratively adhering to 10 critical priorities. 

For over a decade, John Collins has been a pioneering advocate for methods and professional practices that allow forensic science laboratories to take full control of their futures.

Now, with the release of his first book, HR Management in the Forensic Science Laboratory, John takes his message on the road with a powerful two-day workshop that redefines what it means to be a top-tier crime laboratory, in full control of itself, its reputation, and its future.

During the workshop, John will share the personal and professional lessons he learned while writing his book, while inspiring, motivating, and challenging forensic laboratory personnel to achieve perfection through discipline, persistence, and organizational focus. 

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Below is a listing of the book chapters.  We will will provide purchase information once the book is officially published in early 2018.

Chapter 1:   Forensic Science and the Promise of HR

Chapter 2:   The Story of Forensic Science

Chapter 3:   Crime Scenes and Evidence Categories

Chapter 4:   Evidence Triage and Intake

Chapter 5:   Case Management and Customer Service

Chapter 6:   Special Case Circumstances and Considerations

Chapter 7:   Occupational Outlook

Chapter 8:   Professional Standards and Governance

Chapter 9:   Reporting of Conclusions and the Art of Consulting

Chapter 10:  Core Competencies and Education

Chapter 11:  Job Descriptions and Requirements

Chapter 12:  Recruitment, Evaluation, and Selection

Chapter 13:  Employee Onboarding and Training

Chapter 14:  Organizational Structuring and Work Units

Chapter 15:  Overtime, Flexibility, and Alternative Staffing

Chapter 16:  Health and Safety

Chapter 17:  Physical and Sensory Challenges

Chapter 18:  Mental and Emotional Health

Chapter 19:  Job Compensation and Classification

Chapter 20:  Unions and Collective Bargaining

Chapter 21:  Performance Review and Appraisal

Chapter 22:  Progressive Discipline

Chapter 23:  Malpractice and Misconduct

Chapter 24:  Outside Employment (Moonlighting)

Chapter 25:  Ethics, Integrity, and Independence

Chapter 26:  Accreditation

Chapter 27:  Developing Future Leaders

Chapter 28:  Strategic Positioning

About the Book

Forensic science laboratories make our criminal justice system more fair and reliable.  With over 400 accredited “crime” laboratories in the United States alone, these important but complex organizations staff a workforce of nearly 15,000 employees who use science to support the investigation and adjudication of crimes.  Yet their mythical portrayal in the news and entertainment media disguise a fundamental fact – that forensic science laboratories require a special and carefully delivered brand of HR support. Too often, however, they do not receive it, which means they must do it themselves.  This book comes to their rescue.

HR Management in the Forensic Science Laboratory is an unprecedented resource that exposes and dismantles many common barriers that prevent forensic science laboratories from leveraging contemporary HR methods. 

Written by John Collins, an internationally renowned expert on forensic laboratory management and a certified HR professional, this book will also help non-forensic administrators and HR managers better understand how forensic science laboratories work and how their employees can be empowered more effectively.

Key Features

  • How forensic laboratories work
  • Understanding HR and its purpose
  • Managing operations
  • Accreditation and quality assurance
  • Hiring and retaining the right people
  • Professional responsibility and integrity
  • Developing future talent
  • Compensation and job descriptions
  • Dealing with personnel problems
  • Responding to catastrophe
  • Tracking critical production indicators
  • Using strategy to create a bright future

       John M. Collins MA, SHRM-SCP, Author