Crapo and Risch lead a resolution recognizing the vital role of forensics in the justice system

Washington DC–The United States Senate has unanimously passed a Senate resolution designating September 18-24, 2022 as National Forensic Science Week. The resolution, introduced by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), recognizes the role that forensic science plays in the investigation, prosecution and conviction of crimes, as well as the exoneration of the innocent.

“Forensic science plays a vital role in the proper functioning of our justice system”, Crapo said. “The Senate’s unanimous support for this resolution recognizes the critical contributions of these specially trained scientists in bringing justice to victims and exonerating the falsely accused.”

“As a former prosecutor, I have seen first-hand key discoveries in forensic science exonerate innocents, identify criminals and offer a solution to victims,” says Risch. “I am proud to honor and recognize the important work that forensic pathologists do for our justice system. »

“National Forensic Science Week is an opportunity to honor the exceptional work of forensic science professionals who work hard every day to identify perpetrators of crime, exonerate the innocent and bring cases to a resolution for the justice system. criminal justice and the victims of criminal acts”, said Matthew Gamette, director of the Idaho State Police Forensic Services Laboratory System. “We appreciate the support and recognition from Congress and especially our Idaho Senators and their staff for the hard work these scientists and physicians do every day in Idaho and across the United States. National Forensic Science Week is a great time to focus on the growing funding and workforce needs of the forensic science community, talk about continuing to advance science and technology, and reward those who do this essential work.

Read the full text of the resolution HERE and lower.

Whereas the Senate is committed to using forensic science in the investigation of crimes, the prosecution and conviction of the correct perpetrators of crimes, and the exoneration of innocent individuals falsely accused of crimes in the United States ;

Whereas forensic service providers address critical issues in civil and criminal investigations and trials in the United States, including providing scientific conclusions relating to forensic evidence;

As forensic science service providers partner with—

(1) Federal agencies responsible for creating and maintaining criminal databases relating to latent prints, DNA, and other information relevant to criminal cases; and 2

(2) Federal, state, and local agencies to ensure public safety;

Whereas forensic science service providers play a vital role in the criminal justice system by providing scientific information to investigators and court officers; and

Considering that the fourth week of September 2022 is recognized as “National Forensic Science Week”: Now, therefore, let it be

Resolved, that the Senate—

(1) supports the goals and ideals of National Forensic Science Week; and

(2) recognizes that National Forensic Science Week provides a special opportunity for—

(A) providers of forensic science services to—

(i) recognize the contributions of forensic pathologists in the laboratories in which these individuals work;

(ii) organize community events to encourage a better understanding of forensic science;

(iii) offer visits to federal, state, and local decision makers to help those individuals better understand the current capabilities of forensic service providers and the future demands that forensic service providers will face; and

(iv) contact and invite local media to cover events organized during National Forensic Science Week;

(B) local policy makers to—

(i) recognize, through a formal recommendation or resolution, the contributions of local forensic science laboratories to the communities of these decision makers;

(ii) formally declare the fourth week of September 2022 “National Forensic Science Week” by proclamation;

(iii) visit local forensic laboratories to better understand the capabilities and needs of these laboratories; and

(iv) discuss the operational needs of state and local forensic laboratories18

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(C) individuals in the United States, including members of the media, to—

(i) attend community events sponsored by local forensic laboratories;

(ii) visit local forensic laboratories; and

(iii) interview local forensic science labs about the operational and legislative needs of those labs;

(D) members of the media to highlight local news stories that focus on the work of local forensic science labs in the communities those labs serve; and

(E) public safety officers, law enforcement officers and judicial officers for

(i) attend community events sponsored by local forensic laboratories;

(ii) visit local forensic laboratories;

(iii) discuss the operational needs of state and local forensic laboratories; and

(iv) engage with local forensic laboratories to work together more effectively.