Target’s Close Relationship to Government Needs to Be Watched

Monday, December 30, 2013
By Paul Martin

Target’s Forsenic Services is who the FBI, Secret Service, BATF and others have turned to for help for two decades

David Knight
December 29, 2013

“Unbeknownst to most, Target has a top-rated forensic services laboratory that provides forensic examinations, and assists outside law enforcement with help on special cases.” — Target’s Bullseye View

Just like how Sherlock Holmes was the consulting detective who was sought out by Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lestrade for his forensic expertise, Target has played Sherlock for the FBI, BATF, Secret Service, local law enforcement and even international agencies like the World Customs Organization. When they’re flumoxed, they head to Target — for the Forensic Lab Services.

Target’s forensic expertise has its roots in loss prevention. But unlike other corporations, Target pursued it to such a degree that they surpassed the capabilities of government crime labs. In a Washington Post article eight years ago, Nathan K. Garvis, Target’s vice president of government affairs at the time said “In many ways, Target is actually a high-tech company masquerading as a retailer.” Target has been actively involved with law enforcement since the mid-90’s but “intensified” after 9/11.

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