Please can you provide the last 10 years of expenditure, by year, on forensic science services broken down between in-house and contracted out. Also can you give the split of contracted out expenditure that relates to digital forensics.
If it was possible to get the expenditure for contracted out forensic Science services i.e. carried out by private companies instead of force employees that would be better than nothing. If you could get more than the last 2 years that would be more useful as 2 years is not a trend.
Please find attached our response.
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