For the past year, residents passing the New York State Police Troop E Headquarters on state Route 332 in Farmington noticed the construction of a 15,000 square foot building will house the forensic investigation unit.
NYSP investigators assigned to this unit utilize the scientific and forensic techniques to secure evidence connecting a crime scene to a perpetrator.
Investigators Dave Perl and Jason Fifield recently presented a program on how they pursue their duties to Victor-Farmington Rotary Club. The program was the second in a three-part series of Rotary programs that recognize the services provided to the local community by law enforcement officers from state police and Ontario County Sheriff’s Office.
Perl, a 30-year veteran with NYSP, explained that the FIU team provides forensic services for 10 counties in the Rochester-Finger Lakes area serviced by Troop E. In addition to NYSP investigations, FIU provides forensic, scientific and crime scene services, upon request, to local police agencies at no cost to their jurisdictions.
Perl’s presentation covered fingerprint and photo evidence, crime scene reconstruction, evidence collection, electronic and digital evidence, court testimony, evidence storage and law enforcement protocols concerning these issues.
Fifield, a 13-year veteran with NYSP, discussed how evidence and forensic procedures and tactics are used in police investigations by explaining how they were applied in a recent homicide investigation. The FIU team reconstructed what happened and secured a successful conclusion to the case.
Both investigators answered questions from the audience, particularly questions pertaining to DNA evidence, fingerprints, cell phones and cold case investigations.
Perl said the unit constantly reviews older, unsolved cases whenever new evidence or leads develop. The team has a specialized computer crimes unit.
Bonnie Cottone, club president, thanked both speakers for their presentation and willingness to stay beyond the normal presentation time to answer questions.
In club business, Cottone updated club members on issues discussed at the District 7120 convention in Saratoga Springs. She read two letters of thanks from Wilson Commencement Park for the club’s support of its efforts to provide a safe environment for single-parent families in Rochester.
Several club members registered to attend the Rotary International convention in Toronto. The convention will unite Rotarians from 34,000 clubs around the world to discuss how to serve those in need. Former first lady Laura Bush, a leader on educational and health care issues, will serve as keynote speaker.