Mississippi Forensics Laboratory

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The Mississippi Forensics Laboratory (MSFL), a division of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, was established by legislative authority granted to the Commissioner of Public Safety in 1956. The MSFL began operation when funding was made available in 1966. The Director of the MSFL is appointed by the Commissioner and is responsible for the operation of the MSFL and the Office of the State Medical Examiner. The MSFL Director reports to the Commissioner of Public Safety.

The Mississippi Forensics Laboratory (MSFL) system consists of the main laboratory in Jackson and three regional laboratories located in Batesville, Gulf Coast, and Meridian.

CONTACT

Jackson

Pearl
215 Allen Stewart Drive
Pearl, MS 39208
(601) 420-9000 voice
(601) 420-9001 fax

Batesville

Batesville
2200 B Highway 35 North
Batesville, MS 38606
(662) 563-6435 voice
(662) 563-6491 fax

Meridian

Meridian
2119C Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
(601) 483-5273 voice
(601) 483-5278 fax

Gulfport

Gulf Coast Regional Laboratory
16743 MS Hwy 67
Biloxi, MS 39532
(228) 396-7750 voice
(228) 396-7782 fax

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OFFICE HOURS

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Closed Weekends

 

ABOUT

Mission

The MSFL is committed to providing the highest quality of professional forensic services to the State of Mississippi. Interwoven in this commitment is a dedication to apply sound scientific principles in all analyses, to be responsive to the clients of the MSFL, to maintain a standard of objective and ethical performance, and to be a leader in advancing forensic science. The purpose for existence and mission of the MSFL is to provide state-of-the-art, timely forensic analyses to items of physical evidence collected from scenes of criminal activity and report the results of that analyses to appropriate entities in the criminal justice community.

Administration

The Mississippi Forensics Laboratory’s administrative team consists of the MSFL Director, who reports to the Commissioner of Public Safety, two Deputy Directors (Administrative and Technical), two Division Coordinators (Impression Evidence and Analytical), the Bioscience Technical Leader, the Regional Lab Managers, the Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Manager, the Forensic Projects Manager and the Training Manager. Under this tier is a middle level of management which is composed of the Section Chiefs. Support services staff includes a Purchasing Chief, an Accountant Auditor, an Executive Secretary, a Receptionist and a Housekeeper. This organizational structure resulted from a major reorganization approved in Fiscal Year 1999 to address the need for laboratory management.