Director of Public Information
The New York State Police is recognizing the contributions of the scientists and support staff who work at the State Police Crime Laboratory System (CLS) to mark the 10th anniversary of National Forensic Science week, which runs from September 19-23.
To celebrate the contributions of our lab staff, the State Police is posting videos this week that will highlight the work that is done in each of the lab’s sections. The videos will be available on the State Police Facebook page at this link: https://www.facebook.com/nyspolice/
The State Police CLS includes four labs across the state:
- Forensic Investigation Center (FIC), Harriman State Office Campus, Albany, NY. The FIC serves as headquarters for the CLS, and provides a full range of forensic science services, including DNA casework, the state’s DNA Databank, analysis of seized drugs, examination of firearms and ammunition used in crimes, toxicology to support impaired driving investigations, and trace evidence examination. The FIC also includes the Forensic Investigation Unit, which conducts analysis on submitted evidence.
- Mid-Hudson Satellite Crime Laboratory, Stewart Airport, Newburgh, specializes in controlled substance examinations.?
- Southern Tier Satellite Crime Laboratory, Port Crane, specializes in controlled substance examinations.
- Western Satellite Crime Laboratory, Olean, specializes in controlled substances analysis.
The work done by the approximately 250 people who work in the lab system supports criminal investigations for law enforcement agencies statewide. Due to their dedication and continued hard work, investigative leads may be provided to law enforcement agencies, individuals may be exonerated, investigations may be linked and ultimately lives may be saved.
National Forensic Science Week has been designated to draw attention to the many important contributions of forensic scientists to the criminal justice field, as well as to raise awareness of this rewarding career path.
More information on the State Police CLS can be found here: https://troopers.ny.gov/crime-laboratory-system-cls-0