Montana Lawyer Common Austin Knudsen introduced at present the appointment of Travis Spinder to move the Montana Division of Justice’s Forensic Science Division (FSD). Spinder had been serving as interim administrator since April 2021.
Generally known as the State Crime Lab, FSD homes the state’s forensic science laboratories and health worker system.
“Violent crime has turn into extra prevalent in Montana over the past a number of years, together with a double-digit spike in 2020. Our State Crime Lab is a vital piece of the Division of Justice’s efforts to seek out violent offenders and maintain them accountable,” Lawyer Common Knudsen stated. “Having an skilled and educated particular person like Travis main this division is an asset to Montana.”
“I’m grateful for the chance to guide the Forensic Science Division in our mission to the legal justice group in holding Montanans secure,” Spinder stated.
Spinder brings 24 years of forensic science expertise to the function and has been with FSD since 2002. Previous to his appointment as interim administrator in April, Spinder served because the forensic science supervisor within the Crime Lab’s firearm and toolmark part and has additionally served as a forensic firearm and toolmark examiner. Beforehand, he was president of the Affiliation of Firearms and Software Mark Examiners.
In 2021, Montana Division of Justice’s forensic science laboratory was awarded the Foresight Maximus Award, which is awarded to the highest performing forensic laboratories, for reaching 90 p.c effectivity. The lab and the health worker’s workplace additionally just lately turned accredited by the Nationwide Affiliation of Medical Examiners.
The Forensic Science Division is integral to the Division of Justice’s mission to struggle crime in Montana and get harmful criminals off the streets. The Division is answerable for testing and analyzing proof for the legal justice group throughout the state. The State Crime Lab homes the health worker, toxicology, chemical evaluation, firearms/toolmarks, latent prints, DNA/serology, high quality assurance, and proof sections.