Virginia Department of Forensic Science

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]

Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Agency overview
Headquarters700 North Fifth Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
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

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. "Recognizing forensic science's role in solving crimes in Virginia". CBS19 News. September 17, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  2. "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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