DPS Forensic Services Staff – National Recognition
At the recent American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Annual Symposium held in St. Louis, MO, employees of the Utah DPS crime laboratory received national honors and recognition. ASCLD is a professional society of crime lab directors and leaders dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation.
Jay Henry, Laboratory Director, was honored with the Briggs White Award. Named after Dr. Briggs J. White, former FBI laboratory director and first chairman of ASCLD, the award is the organization’s highest honor. Recipients of this award must demonstrate exceptional competence and achievement in any area of public administration, leadership shown in the direction or development of programs, creativity and resourcefulness, adherence to the basic principles of enlightened public service, integrity, and dedication to duty.
Director Henry, a past President of ASCLD, was recognized by his peers for his vision, leadership excellence, integrity, and mentorship of those within his laboratory and other laboratories nationwide. He has provided a tremendous service to ASCLD and to the profession as a whole throughout his long career in forensic science.
Forensic Scientist Manager, Justin Bechaver, and Senior Forensic Scientist, Jennifer Gelston, both firearms examiners at the crime laboratory, were presented with the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) Award for Best ASCLD Webinar on “NIBIN Challenges and Opportunities.” FTCoE provides training webinars each year in cooperation with ASCLD to elevate forensic science through advancing technology, sharing knowledge, and addressing challenges. The NIBIN webinar was attended by hundreds of practitioners and managers nationwide.
Congratulations to Jay, Justin and Jennifer! We are fortunate to have such amazing leaders and forensic scientists dedicated to keeping Utah safe!