Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of August 11-17, 2013 Forensic Science Week in Minnesota. It is part of a national effort to raise awareness about forensic science as a vital public service.
As the state’s crime lab, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) at its St. Paul and Bemidji laboratories in 2012 received over 63,300 pieces of evidence related to over 18,500 criminal investigations. BCA crime scene personnel processed 59 crime scenes across the state.
“This week recognizes the dedicated scientists who strive to obtain information that will exonerate the innocent and identify the guilty. Their work directly affects public safety across the state of Minnesota,” BCA Superintendent Wade Setter said.
The BCA Forensic Science Service has on staff experts in the areas of crime scene investigation, forensic examiners and forensic scientists, including specialists in the areas of crime scene processing, mitochondrial DNA, nuclear DNA, serology, drug chemistry, firearms, latent prints, questioned documents, tool marks, toxicology/alcohol, trace evidence and much more.
For additional information about the BCA Forensic Science Services, go to the BCA Website: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/forensic-science/Pages/default.aspx.