ESR | Keeping people safe and healthy through science


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

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The case studies below highlight how ESR’s forensic expertise is applied to help solve the challenges our clients are facing. Get in touch with us to find out how we may be able to help you:

Customs officer and ESR at CESL

New Zealand Customs ESR Screening Laboratory

Every day thousands of people, packages and large amounts of cargo arrive at the New Zealand border and enter the country.

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Andrew Chappell Drugs in waste water testing

Drugs in wastewater

Knowing where and when drugs are most commonly used is a valuable insight for Police and other agencies to inform and target the activity.

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3D data visualisation and analysis

New Zealand is a world-leader in applying 3D photography and virtual reality to its crime scene investigation and other applications.

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Genomics DNA

Next generation DNA

As profiling of DNA, and its sister compound RNA, continues to evolve, ESR is at the forefront of research and development in this area with a thriving research programme and product development.

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Forensic Awareness Training

Forensic training

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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Bloodstain pattern analysis training

Bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) is the science of studying the bloody aftermath of violent crime and accidents to help investigators gather evidence to support the course of justice.

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STRMix logo quicklink for international


STRmix™ is expert forensic software, developed by ESR and Forensic Science South Australia (FSSA), that can resolve previously unresolvable mixed DNA profiles.

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Border to Grave

New psychoactive substances (also known as ‘synthetic cannabis’, ‘party pills’ and ‘legal highs’) are proliferating internationally at an unprecedented rate.

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Evidence based policing centre opening

Evidence based policing

ESR, New Zealand Police and the University of Waikato have joined forces to establish a world-class research centre to help better inform Police in their work to prevent crime and protect the public.

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Crime scene investigation

Forensic analysis

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

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