DPS Forensic Scientists Honored for Service and Recent Promotions
On February 7th, the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Bureau of Forensic Services (also known as the crime lab) held a promotional and recognition ceremony for its staff.
Before each employee received a promotional certificate and new badge, the employee’s manager shared information about his or her contributions to the important work of the crime lab.
Five employees were recognized for their promotions.
Years of Service
The ceremony also included recognition for employees who have achieved milestones in their years of service.
As crime lab Director Jay Henry presented Deputy Director, Pilar Shortsleeve, with her certificate for 30 years of service. Jay recalled how she was on the interview board for him when he interviewed to work for the crime lab. He also reflected on the very significant changes in the lab that he and Pilar have seen since then, noting that “to see from those days to where we are today it’s truly amazing.”
Bo Smith was recognized for 15 years of service but was unable to attend the ceremony.
Oath of Office
Crime Lab Director Jay Henry administered the oath of office to four new employees.
The Significance of Badges
Prior to administering the oath of office and issued the new employees their badges, Director Henry discussed the significance of the badges they had just received.
Part of the reason the badges are issued to crime lab employees is for credentialing for court rooms and crime scenes.
“It’s a formal recognition of the importance of what we do,” said Henry. “The work that we do does’t just affect one case, it affects the whole system. The badge is a recognition that it’s a deep responsibility we have to get it right.”
Congratulations to all of the promoted employees and those who have achieved service milestones! Your dedication to the DPS mission and the people of Utah does not go unnoticed.