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It's National Forensic Week
Updated September 19, 2017 7:34 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(UNDATED) - In recognition of the important role that proper forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes throughout the nation, from exonerating the innocent to identifying the guilty, we would like to recognize the scientific and technical professionals that serve our communities in this vital role.

September 17-23, is recognized as the Fourth Annual National Forensic Science Week.

The Indiana State Police Laboratory Division operates four forensic laboratories within the state and provides scientific analysis and evidence collection and security.

The Division prides itself in providing the highest level of service and demonstrates its commitment to quality and efficiency by continued compliance with required accreditation standards of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.

Laboratory offices are located in Indianapolis, Lowell, Fort Wayne and Evansville. Approximately 91 percent of analytical services and 59 percent of crime scene investigation services are in support of county and municipal police agency investigations. The Division is comprised of five sections.

  • Management & Administrative Section
  • Crime Scene & Field Support Section
  • Biology Section
  • Comparative Science Section
  • Chemistry Section

Below are some interesting stats from the past year:

  • 19,725 new cases submitted for analysis
  • Responded to 898 investigations involving 1,162 different crime scenes
  • Conducted 610 polygraph tests
  • The Convicted Offender Database contains over 266,000 DNA samples of which there were 512 matches made in 2016. Violent offenses which CODIS assisted with during 2016 include; 9 homicides, 25 robberies, and 74 sex crimes.

Governor Holcomb's Proclamation:

Whereas, forensic science is a vital public service; and

Whereas, access to quality forensic analysis dramatically improves the investigation of criminal activity, leading to the exoneration of the innocent and the prosecution of the guilty; and

Whereas, forensic science plays a critical role in public outreach and crime prevention, and is evolving in its role as an important member of the criminal justice community; and

Whereas, crime scene investigators, forensic examiners, and forensic scientists provide unbiased, accurate, and reliable analyses of evidence recovered from across the nation; and

Whereas, numerous professional organizations have recognized September 17-23, 2017, as National Forensic Science Week; and

Whereas, individuals all across the country will be celebrating this event; and

Whereas, the hard working people that compose our forensic science organizations deserve universal regard and appreciation for their commitment to proper scientific investigations for the cause of justice;

Now, therefore, I, Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of the State of Indiana, do hereby proclaim September 17-23, 2017 as Forensic Science Week in the State of Indiana, and invite all citizens to duly note this occasion.

In Testimony Whereof, I hereto set my hand and cause to be affixed the Great Seal of State. Done at the City of Indianapolis, this 6th day of September in the year of our Lord 2017 and of the Independence of the United States 241.

By The Governor: Eric J. Holcomb

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