ESR provides world-class forensic science services and research to a range of New Zealand and international government agencies, as well as private corporations. ESR is the sole provider of key forensic services to New Zealand Police and works closely with the New Zealand Customs Service on illicit substance screening.


Forensic science
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ESR has expertise in virtually every aspect of forensic science. Our scientists undertake drug analysis and intelligence, toxicology, and human biology in forensic laboratories accredited to international standards.

Our crime scene investigators work with NZ Police and international law enforcement on physical evidence analysis, blood pattern analysis, clandestine laboratories and DNA profiling.

Through our research and development, we apply the latest technology to our work including 3D visualisations and artificial intelligence, as well as latest advancements in genomics to help solve our client's problems. 

Find out more about the work we do through the links below, or get in touch with our Forensic team For those interested in a career in forensics, read our information on 'becoming a forensic scientist'.

Lab0014 Michelle toxicology

Drug and alcohol testing

ESR's laboratories provide the NZ Police, Customs, other organisations, and individuals with extensive drug and alcohol analytical services.

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DNA profiling

After 60 years of DNA discovery, DNA profiling continues to revolutionise forensic science and the investigation of crime worldwide.

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Forensic training and consultancy

ESR provides training for forensic scientists, Police scene-of-crime officers, Police investigators and other law enforcement agencies in New Zealand and around the world.

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Minion research

Forensic R&D

ESR researchers, as well as our staff involved in forensic casework, undertake a number of forensic research and development projects.

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Crime scene investigation

Forensic scene investigations

ESR forensic scientists are specialists in examining crime scenes and are called on 24 hours a day, seven days a week to attend crime scenes and detect and gather evidence.

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