NLEOMF to host virtual discussion on the role of forensic science in solving crimes


A conversation on the role of forensic science in solving crimes.

WASHINGTON — The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will host a free virtual panel discussion, Scientific Justice: Solving Crimes in "The People's Lab." This engaging panel discussion will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, November 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EDT). 

The nation's capital is home to roughly 27 Law Enforcement agencies with overlapping jurisdictions, which often require cross-agency collaboration to solve the nearly 34,000 crimes that occur in the district each year. Processing much of this evidence requires the expertise of trained scientists, and that is where the DC Department of Forensic Science (DFS) plays a crucial role.

Known as “The People’s Lab,” DFS is the largest publicly funded forensics lab in the United States and operates independently under the local DC government, as it serves every law enforcement agency in the district. DFS exists due to the need for simpler cross-agency collaboration and the need for clear communication regarding evidence during the investigation process.

This special virtual panel event will detail the practice of many different kinds of forensic scientists who work for DFS, and show off the marvel that is our country’s largest independent forensic lab.

Panelists include: 

  • Dr. Jenifer Smith, Director, DC Department of Forensic Science
  • Wayne E. Arendse, Forensic Science Laboratory Director, DC Department of Forensic Science
  • Christopher LoJacono, Crime Scene Sciences Director, DC Department of Forensic Science

Register for the panel discussion, Scientific Justice: Solving Crimes in "The People's Lab," here.

About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial contains the names of 22,217 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, visit LawMemorial.org. Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on the Law Enforcement Museum, visit LawEnforcementMuseum.org.

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