The audit shows that use of resources in the police forensic organisation is inefficient, and that this makes it more difficult to solve crime. Above all it is long processing times and deficiencies in the case management systems that give rise to inefficiency, but there are also deficiencies in other areas.
The contribution of forensics to solving crime is particularly important today, since the person-based clearance rate has fallen by 20 per cent in the past decade (2007–2016), from 16.4 to 13.0 per cent. At the same time, the number of reported crimes increased by 16 per cent, from 1.3 to 1.5 million crimes. This coincides with a 14 per cent increase in the number of police employees over the same period, from 25 800 to 29 500 employees. The Swedish National Audit Office decided to perform this audit because an effective forensic organisation can contribute to an increase in the person-based clearance rate. The purpose of this audit was to examine whether the forensic organisation of the Swedish Police contributes effectively to improving the person-based clearance rate.
Specifically, the audit has focused on effectiveness (whether the forensic methods are used effectively) as well as efficiency (whether the forensic organisation uses its resources in an efficient way). The audit refers to the entire criminal investigation process: from the reporting of a crime, to the submission of the criminal investigation to the prosecutor for assessment of whether prosecution proceedings can be initiated. This means that both the Swedish Police Authority and the Swedish Prosecution Authority are included as auditees. [...]
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