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.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Current or Past Contribution by a Police Agency or Individual
  • Current or Past Forensic Science Collaboration
  • Innovation in Forensic Technology (by an Individual or Forensic Science Provider in the Public or Private Sector)
  • Significant Investigative Value in a Major Crime

Agencies and individuals interested in applying for the Vollmer Award should review the below guidelines:

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JUNE 2nd, 2014.
  • Information should be submitted on the Vollmer Award Nomination Form.
  • Submissions must be limited to no more than 1000 words plus a 250 word abstract.
  • Forward all submissions through email as an attachment if at all possible to rizzo@theiacp.org, otherwise mail to the attention of Michael Rizzo, 44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Each agency, organization or individual may only be nominated for one category.
  • All criteria of the award category must be identified and fully explained in the nomination submission in order to be considered.
  • The Committee reserves the right to place any award nomination in the appropriate award category and reassign nomination categories based upon the content of the information supplied in the nomination.
  • Additional materials will not be accepted as part of the nomination packet (e.g. videos, posters, pins, pictures etc.)
  • The nominations will be judged by members of the IACP Forensic Committee.

Please be sure to include the following information in each application (this is in addition to the 1000 words):

1. Category of nomination being submitted:

  • Current or Past Contribution by a Police Agency or Individual
  • Current or Past Forensic Science Collaboration
  • Innovation in Forensic Technology (by an Individual or Forensic Science Provider in the Public or Private Sector)
  • Significant Investigative Value in a Major Crime

2. Individual/organization nominated for the award (include name of organization if individual):

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3. Individual making the nomination:

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Nomination Criteria:
(Submissions must be limited to no more than 1000 words)

Current or Past Contribution by a Police Agency or Individual

  • Explain the contribution by the agency/individual to the field of forensic science.
  • Describe the history of proactive contributions to the forensic/law enforcement community.
  • Describe the circumstances under which the contribution was developed.
  • Highlight the benefits the law enforcement profession.
  • Illustrate the demonstrated benefit of the contribution.

Current or Past Forensic Science Collaboration

  • Identify all individuals, agencies, and forensic science entities involved.
  • Describe the reason for the collaboration.
  • Detail the process of creating the collaboration.
  • Describe the overall benefit of this collaborative effort and the impact on law enforcement and the forensic science field.
  • Explain how this effort could serve as a model for others.

Innovation in Forensic Technology (by an Individual or Forensic Science Provider in the Public or Private Sector)

  • Describe the innovation in detail.
  • Explain what the innovation added to the field of forensic science and law enforcement. Describe qualitatively or quantitatively the impact of the innovation to forensic science.
  • Provide an example(s) of the use of the innovative technology.
  • Describe the end result/outcome of using the innovative technology.
  • Explain implications of its use in the future.

Significant Investigative Value in a Major Crime

  • Highlight how the technique or process was creatively used to solve a major crime.
  • Describe the incident in which current forensic science technology played a significant role in solving a major crime.
  • Explain how the technique or process can impact the investigation of cases in other agencies.
  • Illustrate how this technique or process can impact law enforcement and the forensic science field.

To access the Vollmer Award Nomination Form, please click here.

Please email nominations to: rizzo@theiacp.org or
Michael Rizzo
Forensic Science Committee Liaison
IACP
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314

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For further information, contact Michael Rizzo at rizzo@theiacp.org

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