Forensic Science Committee

This committee tracks, studies and considers issues involving the use of the forensic sciences. The Committee provides support, advice and policy direction, as well as recommendation of new initiatives (projects), directives, and draft resolutions for use by the Association. The Committee seeks to recognize excellence in forensic service providers in law enforcement agencies. If you are interested in more information about the Forensic Science Committee, please contact Michael Rizzo, IACP staff liaison, 1-800-THE-IACP Ext. 818.



Committee Meetings

Two IACP Committees met for the second time recently to tackle issues of common concern including developments in forensic science and wrongful convictions, and trends in drug use and trafficking. The Forensic Science Committee joined with the Police Investigative Operations Committee for their annual midyear meetings in Savannah, GA on June 8-10, 2016. According to Forensic Science Committee Chair, Stephanie Stoiloff, “This was a very informative and productive midyear meeting, largely due to the examination of topics from multiple perspectives.” Other topics discussed were Data, Privacy and Public Safety and the impact of property crimes on our communities’ economies.

Committee Chairs

Detective Lieutenant John Grassel, Rhode Island State Police
 Senior Police Bureau Commander Stephanie Stoiloff, Miami-Dade Police Department, FL

Committee Members

Susan Ballou, Forensic Science Research Program Manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Thomas Callaghan, Chief Biometric Scientist, FBI Laboratory Division
Michael Cariola, General Manager, Bode Cellmark Forensics
Chief Mike Corley, Brownwood Police Department, TX
J.C. Downs, Forensic Pathologist, ForensX, LLC 
Herb Drake, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (retired), ATF/Justice 
Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Fort Worth Police Department, TX
Michael Garvey, Director, Office of Forensic Science, Philadelphia Police Department, PA
Janet Girten, Deputy Director, Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Director Fred Harran, Bensalem Township Police Department, PA Assistant
Assistant Director Skylor Hearn, Texas Department of Public Safety
Terence Hess, Chief, Investigative and Forensic Science, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office
Ted Hunt, Chief Trial Attorney, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, MO
Rick Lautenbach, Laboratory Director, Target Forensic Services Laboratory
Julie Lecea, Forensic Program Manager, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI)
Assistant Chief Mary Lentschke, Houston Police Department, TX
Chief Daniel Losada, Knoxville Police Department, IA
Kevin Lothridge, Executive Director, National Forensic Science Technology Center
Matthew Mathis, Director Crime Lab Division, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, NC
Chief Kevin Paletta, Lakewood Police Department, CO
Benjamin Perillo, Executive Director, ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board
Nelson Santos, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
Martha Smith-Blackmore, President, Forensic Veterinary Investigations, LLC
Captain Daniel Sollitti, Jersey City Police Department, NJ
Chief Mike Ward, Alexandria Police Department, KY
Chief Wayne Willcox, Armstrong State University, GA
Donald Wyckoff, Business Manager, ASCLD/LAB




IACP August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award

IACP recognizes the significant impact forensic science has on the criminal justice system. The August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award has been created to honor the proactive, innovative use of forensic technologies by law enforcement.

For more information about the August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award please click here.