Class 2021 of The Forensic Science Academy, started their training on April 10. I'm always excited to see and finally meet the accepted students. This year's class has students with professional backgrounds related to law enforcement, the legal system, and other public service sectors. We have some students who are local to The Academy, and others who've traveled far (over 4 1/2 hours) to attend The Academy!

I write this to remind you that obstacles may be in the way of your training, but there are alternatives to receiving training especially since COVID19 has helped transform onsite training conferences into online virtual summits.

Last month I had the opportunity to attend The 105th California State Division of The International Association for Identification Annual Educational Seminar. The best part? It's all online.

Topics include cold cases, CSI app checklist, crime scene management, case studies, fingerprint analysis, and more. These events are not only for forensic professionals but students are welcome too!

Whether you live in California, another state, or another country, check out The International Association for Identification ( for a State Division or an International Division you can join.

Here's a forensic fact I made note of:
faulty or misleading forensics has been shown to be the second leading cause of wrongful convictions in the United States.
(Puracal, J and Kaplan, A. 2020. Wrongful Convictions and the Role of Forensics. Presentation for the 9th Annual Forensic Science Symposium. Florida International University Global Forensic and Justice Center).

The CSI app I mentioned can be viewed at