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Forensic Science Advisory Board holds first meeting at State Crime Lab

Release date: 3/29/2012

Group elects leaders, discusses lab operations and procedures

Raleigh: The North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 at the State Crime Lab in Raleigh. 
 
“The scientific experts on this Board will help the State Crime Lab continue its good work to help it meet the highest standards possible,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “The Lab continues to make great strides in using the latest science and technology to protect the public and promote justice.”
 
The North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board is a group of scientific professionals who help advise the North Carolina State Crime Lab.  The Board’s responsibilities include reviewing Crime Lab operations and making recommendations on new and existing programs as well as testing protocols and qualification standards for forensic scientists working in the Lab.
 
The group was welcomed by State Bureau of Investigation Director Greg McLeod and Cooper. During the first day, members toured the State Crime Lab and participated in discussion groups on Laboratory disciplines and the rigorous ISO international accreditation which the Lab is seeking.   On the second day, State Crime Lab Director Judge Joe John, Sr. gave his report to the Board followed by presentations about North Carolina’s discovery laws and Forensic Advantage, the Laboratory’s electronic information management system.
 
“This meeting brought together some of the most respected names in forensic science and will go down as a significant event in the history of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory,” said John. “Lab scientists look forward to receiving the advice and counsel of the Board and working with its members as the Lab continues to strive for the highest levels of scientific achievement.”
 
Peter M. Marone, Laboratory Director of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science was elected Chairman of the Board. Dr. Michael Coble of the National Institute of Standards and Technology was elected vice chairman. 
 
The Board is made up of 18 members, including the Director of the State Crime Lab.  The remaining members are scientists appointed by the Attorney General. Members appointed to the inaugural board will serve terms of two to four years each. 
 
The Forensic Science Advisory Board meets quarterly. The next meeting is scheduled for May 31-June 1, 2012, in Raleigh.

  Contact:  Noelle Talley, (919) 716-6413