Field Investigation Drug Officer (FIDO) Program
May 4 & 5, 2009
Nancy Crump is currently an Assistant Crime Laboratory Administrator with the Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau (LSB). She has held this position since November 2005. Since joining the Phoenix Police Department as a civilian employee in the LSB in 1998, Ms. Crump has worked as a Criminalist and Criminalist Supervisor in the Controlled Substances Section. Her duties have ranged from drug analysis, providing expert testimony and training police officers in drug recognition to the creation, implementation, expansion and oversight of the Phoenix Police Department Field Identification (or CSO) program. This program was used as the model for a national program sponsored by the National Institute for Justice (NIJ), which began implementation as a pilot program in November 2006.
Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Utah in 1990. She attended the Phoenix Police Department’s Enlightened Leadership Seminar in 2001 and also successfully completed the City of Phoenix Supervisor Academy in 2003. Ms. Crump was a graduate of the first class of the Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) program in Arizona. She serves as an Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) instructor. She has also received training as an auditor of Crime Laboratories from the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB).
Nancy is a member of the Clandestine Laboratory Investigating Chemists Association, the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.
Kirk Grates earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida in 1997, and recently obtained a certificate in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida. He is currently attending the Florida Institute of Technology where he is studying to acquire a Master of Science degree in Project Management.
Kirk’s first position in forensics was as a Forensic Toxicologist with the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was subsequently employed as a Forensic Toxicologist for the Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory, specializing in the areas of Post Mortem and Human Performance Toxicology prior to coming to work for the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC).
As a Physical Scientist/Analytical Chemist at the NFSTC, Kirk's responsibilities include laboratory support for chemistry and biology programs, evaluating new forensic technologies, and serving as the Safety Officer for the organization.
Jay Henry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science from California State University at Sacramento. He began his career with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Crime Laboratory in 1989. In 1990, he accepted a position with the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services. Since then, Mr. Henry has worked as a Criminalist in the chemistry (controlled substance), crime scene, serology, DNA and quality assurance sections of the laboratory. Currently, he is the Laboratory Director with responsibilities that include laboratory operations, new program implementation and fiscal advocacy.
Jay is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics, serves as a laboratory inspector and holds memberships in the Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists, the California Association of Criminalists, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). He has been an adjunct instructor with the Salt Lake Community College since 1992.
Gregory Hill is an attorney licensed in the State of Florida and Executive Director of Forensic Development Services, LLC, a private corporation that specializes in providing professional forensic training and support to the law enforcement, forensic science, legal, and mental health communities.
Mr. Hill served with the Tampa Police Department from 1983 to 1992. As an officer with that department, he specialized in child abuse investigations and traffic homicide reconstructions. In 1992, he left the police department to study law at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Hill received his Juris Doctorate degree and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1995. Among his cases, in 1997, Mr. Hill served as co-counsel in the case of State of Florida v. Michael J. Allison where he prepared and presented the DNA-related defense case. Since then, he has served as either counsel or co-counsel on a number of capital and first degree felony jury trials with forensic cases involving DNA, digital (computer) , firearms, eyewitness identification, psychiatric/psychological issues, toxicology, latent fingerprints, and cellular telecommunications evidence. Mr. Hill served as lead counsel on the death penalty case of State of Florida v. Catherine Stanek-Cousins, where he dealt with multiple complex forensic evidentiary issues.
Mr. Hill has been consulted by both prosecuting and defense attorneys regarding cases that involve forensic evidence. He has also provided instruction to prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, law enforcement, forensic pathology fellows, and forensic scientists on the subject of forensic evidence in the courtroom. Mr. Hill worked on the President’s DNA Initiative creating expert witness modules and the mock trial scenario that were included as part of that initiative. He also provided legal guidance and training for the Field Identification Drug Officer (FIDO) Program pilot.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Jurisprudence Section and an associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He served as the AAFS Jurisprudence Section Program Chair for 2007 and in 2006 as Co-Chair. In 2007, he presented How Law Enforcement Handles Evidence: Maintaining the Same Standards in Different Jurisdictions to the AAFS Young Forensic Scientists Forum. During the 2006 AAFS Annual Meeting, he presented the workshop: Psychological and Legal Considerations for the Death Penalty in America: Justifiable Deterrent or Exercise in Futility?
Bill Murphy currently serves as the Senior Homeland Security Specialist for Ahura Scientific, Inc. based out of St. Petersburg, Florida. His territory includes the Middle East, South and Central America, Canada, and the Southeast region of the United States.
When he was a sergeant with the New York Port Authority Police Department, Bill directed a team of patrol officers at commands throughout Manhattan and Queens. He served as a scene incident commander for all categories of emergencies, on special task forces, and in the Terrorist Intelligence Unit. Bill initiated the development of the Crime Analysis Unit that collects, analyzes, organizes, and interprets crime data to identify criminal activity patterns and trends for both strategic and tactical planning and operational deployment. Sergeant Murphy was awarded the Police Director’s Medal for “extraordinary bravery” for saving the life of an FBI agent and others at the scene of the Serbian terrorist bombing at LaGuardia Airport, which killed 19 people and injured 125 others.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration with Honors from William Paterson University, a Master of Science degree in Electronic Business Management from the College of Notre Dame, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Farleigh Dickinson University. He is certified by the Division of Criminal Justice in both New York State and New Jersey State. Bill is also a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, the American Society for Industrial Security, and the Association of Public Communications Officials.
Joan Ring began employment with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in September of 2002. In her position as Forensic Services Manager, Joan is responsible for laboratory oversight and management of NFSTC technical transition activities.
During her tenure at NFSTC, Joan has participated in the training academies for drug and DNA analysts, development of the Fire Debris Validation/Verification Kit, the conversion of face-to-face training into technical based training, evaluations of and workshops on new technologies, and development of the Field Investigation Drug Officer (FIDO) project.
Joan holds a BS degree in biochemistry and a MS degree in forensic chemistry. Prior to working for NFSTC, she worked at the Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory for 16 years as a drug and fire debris chemist, and before that as an analytical chemist with Honeywell and the Environmental Protection Agency. Joan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is certified as a Fellow in General Criminalistics by the American Board of Criminalistics.
David L. Sylvester
David L. Sylvester holds a BS degree in Criminal Justice, as well as an MPA, from Indiana University. He retired from the Indiana State Police (ISP) Department after 25 years of service, with 18 of those years spent in the crime laboratory. During Dave’s tenure with ISP, his positions included road trooper, crime scene investigator, polygraph examiner, crime lab director, and analytical section commander. He also served in the capacity of Emergency Response Team Leader and Statewide Coordinator of the Clandestine Laboratory Response Team.
Dave began his employment with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in February of 2003. As the Program Administration Director, his current position responsibilities include project oversight for all NFSTC projects, project/program opportunity review, proposal response, negotiation, and implementation of future projects and/or programs. He is responsible for assuring that programs and operations outcomes are achieved through the design, development and maintenance of organization-wide systems. Dave is also responsible for data analysis and reporting for all programs and projects. Past NFSTC projects directed by Dave include the Quality Documents Program, the Fire Debris Validation/Verification Kit, and the Field Investigation Drug Officer (FIDO) project.
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