Mesa Police Forensic Services Wins Prestigious International Award

November 28, 2011

In October 2008, the Mesa Police Department opened it's new state-of-the-art forensics services lab. On October 24, 2011, the Mesa PD Forensic Services Section was awarded the August Vollmer Excellence In Forensic Science Award for the category of Enhancement of Forensic Capability by a Forensic Science Provider. The award was given at the most recent International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in Chicago, Illinois. The goal from has always been to provide the highest level of forensic work. This award recognizes that body of work and the department members who do the analysis.

“The Mesa Police Department is very proud to receive this distinguished award and very appreciative of the national recognition for excellence in Forensic Science, stated Deputy Chief Michael Dvorak. To be selected for such an award, considering all of the exceptional work being done throughout the country in Forensic Science, speaks volumes for the dedicated personnel that collaborated to make this program a success.”

Nationwide there has been a disconnect between confirmed forensic information identifying suspects and tying that descriptive information back to the cases. In simple terms, once there was identification there was no system in place to ensure that suspects were located based on the information. Since 2009 the rate of follow up has gone from 60% to nearly 100% under the new system. At the beginning of this process, the number of cases requiring initial hit follow-up was approximately 2500 cases. In March 2011that list of cases requiring follow-up has been reduced to only 9 cases. This means that those who are identified through forensics are now brought to justice for their crimes. For the community it means that there are fewer criminals on the streets.

The August Vollmer award honors the name of August Vollmer and his contributions to forensic science and law enforcement. The Mesa Police Department's Forensic Services Section was recognized for their outstanding achievements on behalf of the law enforcement profession and the community we serve. 



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