Originally presented at the 2014 Genome ID Forum, this presentation by John Byrd, the director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, discusses the challenges and changes the crime laboratory has experienced since 2009. Factors such as caseload volume, salary rate with respect to turnover and vacant positions and the trials with proceeding through legal review of protocols, resulting in no advancements in technology laid the groundwork for exceptionally trying times at the crime laboratory.

Mr. Byrd discussed how new approaches, new management and the utilization of external resources including relationships with private industry and universities provided the opportunity and support for the crime laboratory to stabilize, advance and expand. This presentation offers a new path forward for which a crime laboratory can achieve successful outcomes.

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.

A certificate of completion is available for all who register and attend this webinar.

John Byrd

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