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Crime Scene Expert Witness

Keywords

Crime Scene Investigator, Crime Scene, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Bloodstain Pattern Analyst, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Homicide Investigator, Homicide Events Reconstruction, Police Procedures at Homicide Crime Scenes, Forensic Scientist, Forensic Consultant, Forensic Science Consultant,

Ohio

Expert Witness No.2310

Ohio

Biographical Information

Expert is an internationally recognized Forensic Science Consultant who provides a critical case review and evaluation of homicide cases which includes: criminal events analysis and physical evidence correlation; shooting incident reconstruction; crime scene evidence evaluation; bloodstain pattern analysis; sexual assault evidence evaluation; crime scene reconstruction; crime scene investigation performance audits and expert witness testimony for both prosecution and defense attorneys in criminal cases and plaintiff and defense attorneys in civil cases, as well as providing those services to JAG Officers in UCMJ criminal cases.

Expert began a professional career in 1975, serving in small, mid-size and large police agencies. During the course of his career, Expert served as Patrol Officer, Police Agent, Crime Scene Investigator, Crime Laboratory Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Forensic Services Manager and Commander of Criminal Investigations. Expert received his graduate education in the forensic sciences from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and received advanced specialized forensic science training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service, Smithsonian Institution, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Saint Louis University Medical School, University of New Mexico Medical School, Case-Western Reserve University’s Law-Medicine Center, Northwestern University’s Public Safety Institute, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science and other nationally recognized professional organizations.

Expert has designed and taught college forensic science courses, as well as forensic science training courses for judges, attorneys, law enforcement officers, nursing and allied health specialists, first responders and other forensic science professionals. Expert is a member of a number of forensic science professional organizations, where he has held leadership positions as Board Member, Vice-President, President, Chairman-of-the-Board, Training Conference Chairman and Regional Representative for a number of those organizations.

Expert served on the National Institute of Justice’s Technical Working Group that established the national Guidelines for Crime Scene Investigators, and has been bestowed the designation of Visiting Professor of Law by the Francisco Marroquin University School of Law, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Expert is a Vietnam-Era veteran of the United States Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard, where Expert served as an emergency room (trauma) medical corpsman.

Professional Employment

1995 -Present, Forensic Science Educator, Trainer and Consultant (International)

1994 -1995, Police Division Commander (Woodridge Police Department, Illinois)

1991 -1994, Forensic Services Manager (Naperville Police Department, Illinois)

1988 -1991, Police Sergeant (Denver Police Department, Colorado)

1984 -1988, Crime Laboratory Detective (Denver Police Department, Colorado)

1983 -1984, Police Officer (Denver Police Department, Colorado)

1981 -1983, Police Agent/ Crime Scene Investigator (Lakewood Police Department, Colorado)

1975 -1979, Police Officer/Crime Scene Investigator (North Olmsted Police Department, Ohio)

1972 -1979, Emergency Room Medical Corpsman (United States Air Force/Ohio Air National Guard)

Education

1981, The George Washington University
Master of Forensic Science

1993, DePaul University
Master’s Certificate in Administrative Foundations in Public Service

1993, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
Graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command

1994, Roosevelt University
Graduate Coursework in Public Administration

1994 - 1995, Western Illinois University
Graduate Coursework in Law Enforcement Administration
Cleveland State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice (1979)

Kent State University
Undergraduate Coursework in Arts and Sciences (1969-1972)

Forensic Science Graduate Coursework

Biological Aspects of Forensic Science
Physical Aspects of Forensic Science
Questioned Document Examination
Firearm and Toolmark Examination
Forensic Anthropology
Personal Identification
Forensic Photography
Forensic Psychiatry
Forensic Medicine
Forensic Pathology
Criminal Law
Criminal Law -Evidence

Professional and Forensic Organizations

American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction (ACSR)
American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFE) - Diplomate
International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA)
International Association for Identification (IAI) - Life Active Member
Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification (RMDIAI) - Life Active Member
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE)

Law Enforcement Training Academies Attended

Denver (CO) Police Department Training Academy
Lakewood (CO) Police Agent Academy
Ohio Police Officer Training Academy

Law Enforcement and Forensic Activities

Crime Scene Investigation and Death Scene Investigation
Crime Scene and Shooting Scene Reconstruction
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and Luminol Processing
Forensic Serology and Blood Alcohol Analysis
Forensic Investigation and Examination

Law Enforcement and Forensic Activities

(Years available upon request)

Visiting Professor of Law - Francisco Marroquin University School of Law
Forensic Science Educator, Trainer and Consultant
Member - National Institute of Justice Technical Working Group on Crime Scene Investigation
Director - Criminal Investigation Training Institute
College Instructor - Department of Criminal Justice
College Instructor - Department of Criminal Justice
Regional Director of Training (Nebraska) - American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
Board of Directors - Nebraska Division of the International Association for Identification
Forensic Science Training Consultant - Powerphone, Inc.
Program Developer - Peavey Institute for Police Science
Volunteer Group Leader - Douglas County (NE) Juvenile Diversion Program
Coordinator - Felony Investigation Assistance Team
Member - Police Executive Research Forum
Member - International Association of Chiefs of Police
Member - Illinois Chiefs of Police Association
Member - DuPage County (IL) Senior Police Manager's Association
Member - Problem Housing Task Force
Member - West Suburban (Chicago) Chiefs of Police Association
Member - Lake County (IL) Major Case Task Force
Member - Science and Practice Committee for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Member - American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors
Chairman - Education and Training Conference for the Illinois IAI
Chairman - American Cancer Society's Jail and Bail Committee
Founder and Executive Vice-President - Citizens Appreciate Police
Regional Vice-President - International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
Chairman - Education and Training Conference for the IABPA
Chairman of the Board - Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification
President - Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification
Vice-President - Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification
Board of Directors - Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification
Member - Denver Police Department Peer Support Unit
Member - Human Relations Council Member
Member - North Olmsted Police Department S.W.A.T. Team
Member - Westshore Enforcement Bureau S.W.A.T. Team
Chairman - Grievance and Negotiation Committee

Forensic Science Lectures to Universities and Professional Audiences

Luminol Processing
Forensic Science
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Significance of Bloodstain Evidence in Criminal Investigations
Crime Scene Investigation
Crime Scene Issues for First Responders
Death Scene Investigation
Fingerprints
Crime Laboratory Management
Managing Forensic Investigations
Forensic Investigation
Bloodborne Pathogens
Forensic Investigation Training Programs
Forensic Science College Lecture Series (Iowa Western Community College)
Forensic Evidence for Nursing and Allied Health Professionals
Check Forgery and Handwriting Examination
Crime Scene Issues in Homicide Cases: A Primer for the Criminal Trial Lawyer (CLE Class)

Forensic Science College Courses Developed and Taught

Crime and Science: An Introduction to Forensic Investigation
Criminalistics
Medicolegal Death Investigation
Bloodstain Evidence
Fingerprint Technology
Crime Scene Search and Physical Evidence Management
Forensic Evidence: An Introduction to Scientific Crime Detection

Forensic Science Training Programs Planned, Organized, and Presented

Aircraft Crash Investigation (1985)
Bloodstain Evidence (1986)
Basic Crime Scene Investigation (1987)
Institute on the Physical Significance of Bloodstain Evidence (1987)
Demonstrative Evidence (1987)
Practical Bloodstain Pattern Evidence (1987)
Advanced Forensic Investigation (1988)
Advanced Forensic Investigation (1992)
Footwear Impression Evidence (1992)
Basic Forensic Investigation Course (1993)
Latent Print Photography Course (1994)
Advanced Forensic Investigation (1994)
Medicolegal Death Investigation (1997 a + b)
Crime Scene Issues for First Responders (1997)
Interviews and Interrogations (1997)
Medicolegal Death Investigation (1998)
Equivocal Death Investigation (1999 a + b)
Death Scene Investigation (1999 a + b)
Death Scene Investigation (2000 a + b + c + d + e + f)
Crime Scene Issues in Homicide Investigations (2005 -2006 a + b + c + d - 2007)

Leadership, Management and Administrative Training

Law Enforcement Management - Western Illinois University Graduate School (1995)
Public Service Management - DePaul University Graduate School (1992)
Human Resource Management - Roosevelt University Graduate School (1994)
Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers - DePaul University Graduate School (1993)
Fundraising and Grantwriting - DePaul University Graduate School (1993)
Civil Liability for Police Officers - Western Illinois University Graduate School (1995)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Regional Meeting - Evanston, IL (1994)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Regional Meeting - Chicago, IL (1993)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Regional Meeting - Naperville, IL (1992)
Management Training Forum - Naperville, IL (1994)
Management Problems of the Technical Person - Chicago, IL (1993)
Liability Issues Affecting Police Executives - Chicago, IL (1993)
Police Civil Liability Course - Schaumburg, IL (1994)
Developing Policies and Procedures - Willowbrook, IL (1994)
Successful Grantwriting Course - Northwestern University Traffic Institute (1994)
Internal Affairs Seminar - Northwestern University Traffic Institute (1995)
Police-Media Relations - Northwestern University Traffic Institute (1995)
Violence in the Workplace - Oakbrook, IL (1995)
Criminal Justice Grant Writing Course - Rolling Meadows, IL (1994)
Budget Preparation Workshop - Chicago, IL (1991)
Trainer’s Institute - University of Nebraska at Omaha (1997)
Instructor Development Course - Northwestern University Traffic Institute (1991)
Improving Supervision through Total Quality Management - Naperville, IL (1993)
Leadership Supervisory Training Seminar - Denver, CO (1989)
Dealing With Difficult Employees - Northwestern University Traffic Institute (1994)
Police Supervision School - Denver, CO (1989)
Stress Management Seminar - Lake Shelbyville, IL (1994)
Basic Counseling Skills - Denver, CO (1985)
Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board 40 Hour Firearms Course - (1994)
Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board 40 Hour Law Review Course - (1994)
Problem-Oriented Policing - Northwestern University Traffic Institute (1994)
Assistant Tactical Firearms Instructor’s Course - Denver, CO (1990)
Officer Survival School - Northwestern University Traffic Institute (1984)
Advanced Patrol Tactics and Techniques - London, OH (1978)
Crime Reduction Course - Federal Bureau of Investigation (1977)
Interviews and Interrogations - LaVista, NE (1997)
Waste Isolation Pilot Program (Hazardous Materials) - Denver, CO (1991)
AIDS Update - Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO (1986)
Bloodborne Pathogen Training Course - Chicago, IL (1991)
Bloodborne Pathogen Training Course - U.S. Department of Justice (1992)
Bloodborne Pathogen Training Course - Chicago, IL (1992)
Bloodborne Pathogen Training Course - Elgin, IL (1994)
Tuberculosis Training Course - Elgin, IL (1994)
AIDS and the Law - DePaul University Graduate College of Law (1995)
ISO 17025 Accreditation Training -Forensic Quality Services (2010)

Forensic Science Continuing Education Courses

Homicide Investigation - Case Western Reserve University Law-Medicine Center (1979)
Medicolegal Death Investigation - St. Louis University Medical School (1982)
Medicolegal Death Investigation - University of New Mexico Medical School (1982)
Advanced Homicide Investigation - Wichita, KS (1989)
Advanced Homicide Investigation - Little Rock, AR (1996)
Death Investigation Course - Little Rock, AR (1998)
Forensic Entomology Workshop - University of Illinois, Chicago (1993)
Forensic Dentistry Course - Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C. (1981)
Identification of Human Remains - Denver, CO (1986)
Fingerprint Classification School - F.B.I., London, OH (1982)
Fingerprint Classification School - F.B.I., Buffalo Grove, IL (1992)
Advanced Latent Fingerprint School - F.B.I., London, OH (1982)
Advanced Latent Fingerprint School - F.B.I., Naperville, IL (1992)
Latent Fingerprint Development School - Colorado Bureau of Identification (1983)
Crime Scene Investigation Course - Lakewood (CO) Police Department (1981)
Crime Scene Investigation Course - Sirchie Crime Labs, Raleigh, North Carolina (1982)
Crime Scene Investigation Course - Denver Regional Council of Governments (1982)
Crime Scene Investigation Course - National Law Enforcement Institute (1982)
Crime Scene Investigation Course - Denver Police Department (1987)
Crime Scene Investigation Course - University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1996)
Crime Scene Issues for the First Responder - UALR Criminal Justice Institute (1996)
Crime Scene Issues for the First Responder - Council Bluffs, Iowa (1997)
Emergency Crime Scene Responder - Mineral County, Nevada (1998)
Crime Scene Photography Course - Denver, CO (1982)
Criminalistics Seminar - Greeley, CO (1986)
Forensic Evidence & Managing Forensic Investigations - Little Rock, AR (1998)
Aircraft Crash Investigation - Denver, CO (1985)
Sex Crimes Investigator’s Course - Greeley, CO (1982)
Sex Crimes Investigator’s Course - Glenwood Springs, CO (1988)
Forensic Serology Course - F.B.I. Academy, Quantico, VA (1987)
Semen Analysis Course - Serological Research Institute, Emeryville, CA (1987)
Bloodstain Evidence Course - Denver, CO (1986)
Bloodstain Pattern Investigation - University of Arkansas (1986)
Bloodstain Pattern Investigation - Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL (1986)
Bloodstain Evidence Institute - Corning, NY (1987)
Bloodstain Evidence Institute - Denver, CO (1987)
Bloodstain Evidence Institute -Corning, NY (2010)
Advanced Bloodstain Evidence Institute - Corning, NY (1987)
Practical Bloodstain Pattern Investigation - Douglas County, CO (1987)
Detection of Blood at the Crime Scene - Denver, CO (1988)
Basic Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation - Little Rock, AR (1998a)
Basic Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation - Little Rock, AR (1998b)
Advanced Forensic Investigation Course - Denver, CO (1988)
Advanced Forensic Investigation Course - Naperville, IL (1992)
Advanced Forensic Investigation Course - Naperville, IL (1994)
Advanced Forensic Investigation Course - University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1996)
Forensic Hair and Fiber Course - F.B.I. Academy, Quantico, VA (1989)
International Symposium on Forensic Hair Analysis - F.B.I. Academy, Quantico, VA (1985)
International Symposium on Forensic Immunology - F.B.I. Academy, Quantico, VA (1986)
International Symposium on Blood Alcohol Analysis - F.B.I. Academy, Quantico, VA (1986)
American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Annual Training - F.B.I. Academy, Quantico, VA (1992)
American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Annual Training - F.B.I. Academy, Quantico, VA (1993)
Demonstrative Evidence Seminar - Denver, CO (1987)
Evidence and Recovered Property Course - Bridgeview, IL (1994)
Arizona Identification Council Annual Training Seminar - Scottsdale, AZ (1995)
Violent Crime Investigation - Oak Brook, IL (1996)
Law Forum - Council Bluffs, IA (1996)
Forensic Investigation Lecture Series - Council Bluffs, IA (1996)
Nebraska Division of the IAI Spring Training Conference - Mahoney State Park, NE (1997)
Nebraska Division of the IAI Spring Training Conference - Mahoney State Park, NE (2000)
Forensic Evidence Course - Little Rock, AR (1998)
Questioned Document Training Course - U.S. Secret Service, Glynco, GA (1999)
Document and Voice Examination Course - American Institute of Applied Science (2000)
Questioned Document Course - American Institute of Applied Science (2000)
Forgery and Questioned Document Course - University of Houston (2000)
Advanced Forgery and Questioned Document Course - University of Houston (2000)
International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts Annual Training Conference - Tucson, AZ (2004) Shooting Reconstruction Course - Henry C. Lee Institute, New Haven, CT (2010)
Shooting Reconstruction Course - Northwestern University Public Safety Institute (2010)

Forensic Science Publications and Training Manuals

Available upon request.

Professional Awards Received

Leadership Award - Lakewood, CO Police Department (1981)
Award of Appreciation - Rocky Mountain Division of the I.A.I. (1987)
Distinguished Service Cross - Denver Police Department (1988)
Award of Appreciation - International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (1988)
Officer of the Month - Denver Optimist Club (1989)
Lifesaving Award - Denver Police Department (1989)
Who’s Who in American Law Enforcement (1981)
Award of Appreciation - Midwest Homicide Investigator's Association (1994)
Public Service Award - Cook County, IL Sheriff's Police Department (1994)
Meritorious Service Award - Naperville, IL Police Department (1994)
Award of Appreciation - Citizens Appreciate Police (Naperville, IL) (1994)
Award of Appreciation - Illinois Division of the I.A.I. (1994)
Award of Appreciation - Naperville YMCA (1994)
Award of Appreciation - Arizona Identification Council (1995)
Law Enforcement Commendation Award - Sons of the American Revolution (Chicago, IL) (1995)
Over 100 Letters of Commendation for Public and Professional Service (1972 - Present)

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