Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories, Karnataka



In order to resonate with the needs of criminal justice system, the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), in Karnataka, came into existence on 1st August 1967 on the orders issued by the erstwhile Government of Mysore. The old Criminal Investigation Department (CID) scientific laboratory had one chemist and two Questioned Document experts as staff, which was merged with the newly established FSL Bengaluru. In 1994 the process of decentralization began by establishing Regional forensic Science laboratory (RFSL) at range level. The first RFSL was set up in Davangere. Later, laboratories at regional levels became operational in Mangaluru, Belagavi, Kalaburgi and Mysuru. To decentralize forensic services further, Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories (DFSL), Karnataka, started fully equipped mobile forensic vans in 1996, which was first of its kind initiative  in the country. These mobile forensic vans widened the reach of forensic services to district level as and when requisitioned.

The growth in forensic Science is phenomenal in numerous domains  that has extended the  horizons of the field in to new emerging areas. Also the ever-changing nature, type and magnitude of  crime required capacity building of DFSL during 2007, a DNA Centre was established and during 2015, the Cyber Forensic Division was added to the other forensic analytics available at the facility.