Virginia Forensic Science Week 2015


WHEREAS, access to quality and timely forensic analysis significantly improves the investigation of criminal activity, leading to the prosecution of the guilty and exoneration of the innocent; and

WHEREAS, crime scene investigators, forensic examiners, and forensic scientists provide unbiased, accurate, and reliable analysis of recovered evidence; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science provides forensic laboratory services in criminal matters through its four regional laboratories; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science was the first laboratory in the country to offer DNA analysis to law enforcement agencies and the first to discontinue traditional serology in favor of DNA testing; and

WHEREAS, Virginia was the first state to create a DNA databank of convicted sex offenders, which has since been expanded to include all convicted felons, persons arrested for violent felonies, and persons convicted of certain misdemeanor sex offenses; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science achieved its 10,000th DNA Data Bank hit in March 2015; and

WHEREAS, the hardworking people of our forensic science community in Virginia deserve recognition for their commitment to quality and unbiased scientific analysis to assist in the administration of justice;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 9-15, 2015, as VIRGINIA FORENSIC SCIENCE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.