OPM: Crime Lab Working Group

{Crime Lab Working Group}
{ } The Crime Lab Working Group  was established by Governor Dannel Malloy who tasked OPM Under Secretary Mike Lawlor to lead a team of key stakeholders and experts to develop both a short- and long-term strategy to bolster our state crime labís ability to deal with an unprecedented increase in its workload. See Governor's Press Release
The Crime Lab Working Group is chaired by the OPM Under Secretary Mike Lawlor, (860) 418-6394, mike.lawlor@ct.gov.
{Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission}  
In crime laboratories, scientists analyze evidence collected from crime scenes, suspects and victims. They may analyze anything from DNA or fingerprints to human remains or suspicious substances. Due to the increasing reliance on scientific methodologies in criminal investigations, many laboratories have faced mounting workloads.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Commissioner Reuben Bradford today announced that Dr. Guy Vallaro of Sutton, Massachusetts has been appointed to serve as Director of the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory, the state office responsible for most of the forensic testing related to criminal investigations in the State of Connecticut.
For more information, please visit Governor Malloy's website:

Meetings are presented in reverse chronological order, so that the most current are listed first.  Documents are available in Adobe PDF format. To view either get the Adobe Reader OR use the Adobe PDF Converter.
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Meeting  Dates and Information
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NEXT Meeting -- TBD
Crime Lab Working Group
Meetings will be be determined after each work group meeting   
Mar 15, 2012
Full Work Group Meeting -  Agenda
2:00 p.m., DESPP, Division of Scientific Services, 278 Colony Street, Meriden
 Directions *** Parking is available convenient to the building entrance, go straight into the double doors where there will be a receptionist ***
Mar 02, 2012
Conference Call Meeting -   Agenda
Feb 07, 2012
Dec 12, 2011
Guidelines for Forensic Service Request memorandum and form, approved by the Working Group on December 12, 2011 and effective on January 1, 2012.
Full Work Group Meeting -   Agenda
Dec 01, 2011
Full Work Group Meeting -   Agenda
Nov 18, 2011
Full Work Group Meeting -   Agenda
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
Sept 15, 2011
Full Working Group Meeting -  Agenda
 Applied Bioscience Defective Identifier Kits
         8/12/2011 Letter to Mike Lawlor Summary
Sept 06, 2011
10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Resources and Related Links

{Crime Lab} Below are related resources and links.

{ }    GOVERNOR'S Press Releases  --

     - November 19, 2012 {CT-N Video Broadcast}
   { } Governor Malloy Welcomes Restoration of State Crime Lab's 
- February 07, 2012
   { } Governor Malloy Announces Increased Staffing at State Crime Lab
    - September 15, 2011
   Services Forensic Lab - August 17, 2011
   for State Crime Lab - August 11, 2011

OLR Research Reports

Forensic Testing Turnaround Times in 50 States

State Agency Updates

Guidelines for Forensic Service Request memorandum and form, approved by the Working Group on December 12, 2011 and effective on January 1, 2012. {CT-N Video Broadcast}


Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission (CJPAC)
see March 24, 2011 Meeting
 Applied Bioscience Defective Identifier Kits
         8/12/2011 Letter to Mike Lawlor Summary
 Crime Lab Fact Sheet
         Describes lab staffing and resource challenges
Federal Audit Reports
FBI Quality Assurance Standards preliminary Audits of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety Forensic Science Laboratory, July 11-13, 2011
External Audit Report on Compliance with the FBI Directorís Quality Assurance Standards for
Recommended Publications
A 2009 Publication of the Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community, National Research Council. An excellent primer on national best practices (352 pages).
Other Links
DNA Initiative: Advancing Criminal Justice Through DNA Technology - An initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice to provide funding, training and assistance to ensure that forensic DNA reaches its full potential to solve crimes, protect the innocent and identify missing persons.
Crime Lab Operations and Backlogs of Forensic DNA Evidence - National Institute of Justice, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice is committed to helping crime laboratories increase their capacity by streamlining their processes, hiring more personnel, purchasing technology and supplies and providing up-to-date training to keep up with technological capabilities in solving crime.
February 2011 Special Report: Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2010 ó Myths vs. Reality, published by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Contact  Information

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