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We are the real-life Crime Scene Investigators (CSI).

The police focus on tracking down, interrogating, and arresting suspects; the District Attorney concentrates on prosecuting those who are indicted; we concentrate on the evidence used to make those arrests and prosecutions.

The more than 200 people who make up the Association of Criminalists for the California Department of Justice (AC-DOJ) perform a variety of highly specialized forensic work that local and federal agencies have come to rely on in the pursuit of criminals within their jurisdictions.

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Our members divide roughly into 10 specialties:

  • Crime scene response (homicides, sexual assaults)
  • DNA (processing and database)
  • Blood alcohol
  • Clandestine lab response
  • Firearms and tool marks
  • Latent prints (fingerprints)
  • Digital evidence (mobile device & computer analysis)
  • Questioned-document examinations (forgeries)
  • Solid-dosage drug analysis
  • Trace analysis
  • Toxicology

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We are the crime labs for 48 of California’s 58 counties and our members’ testimony in trials is often the make-or-break moment in a case.


AC-DOJ Board:

John Miller
President
Member At-Large

 

 


AC-DOJ Board-8Isha Brown
Vice-President
DNA (Richmond)

 

 


AC-DOJ Board-6Libby Schreiber
Treasurer
Central Representative

 

 


AC-DOJ Board-3Sara Penn
Secretary
Member At-Large

 

 


AC-DOJ Board-7Sonya Botero
Southern Representative

 

 

 


AC-DOJ Board-5

Julie Smith
Special Sections

 

 

 


AC-DOJ Board-4Danielle Tani
Northern Representative

 

 

 

 

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