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Forensic Advisory Board

The North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board is a group of scientists who help advise the North Carolina State Crime Lab.  The board reviews Crime Lab operations and makes recommendations on new programs, methods of testing and qualifications for forensic scientists working in the lab.

The director of the State Crime Lab serves on the board, along with scientists and experts from across the country who are appointed by the Attorney General.

Current members of the Forensic Science Advisory Board are:

  • John Byrd, Director, North Carolina State Crime Laboratory
  • Mr. Tim Kupferschmid, (Chairman), Director of DNA Forensic Biology Laboratory, New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Dr. Tracey D. Cruz, (Vice-Chair), Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Mr. Adam Becnel, Manager, Louisiana State Police Crime Lab
  • Mr. Kermit B. Channell, II, Executive Director, Arkansas State Crime Laboratory
  • Dr. Michael Coble, Forensic Biologist, Biochemical Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Dr. Demi Garvin, Director, Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Richland County (SC) Sheriff's Department
  • Dr. David Hinks, Director, Forensic Sciences Institute, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Michael Jiroutek, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Research, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Campbell University
  • Ms. Alka B. Lohmann, Director of Technical Services, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
  • Mr. Peter M. Marone, Former Laboratory Director, Virginia Department of Forensic Science (retired)
  • Dr. Christopher S. Palenik, Vice President and Research Microscopist, Microtrace (IL)
  • Ms. Bethany P. Pridgen, Director, Wilmington Police Department Crime Laboratory
  • Dr. Deborah Radisch, North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner
  • Mr. Ronald Singer, Director, Tarrant County (TX) Medical Examiner's Office Criminalistics Laboratories

The Forensic Science Advisory Board meets biannually and at other times as deemed necessary. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25th 2017 at 8:30 AM at the Western Regional Crime Lab, 3971 Chimney Rock Road, Edneyville, and is open to the public.

See links below for minutes from the previous Forensic Science Advisory Board meetings.

April 20, 2012
May 30, 2012
May 31, 2012
September 9, 2012
January 15, 2013
July 16, 2013
October 22, 2013
January 28, 2014
April 8, 2014
July 22, 2014
April 21, 2015
September 22, 2015
December 2, 2015
February 9, 2016
May 5, 2016
August 4, 2016
November 3, 2016
February 21, 2017
May 18, 2017

Part of the Forensic Science Advisory Board's mission is to review the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory's policies and procedures. The Board has begun a review of the current policies and procedures. The results of the review are included below.

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