2005-09-29 / News

Crime lab director talks at library

As part of its teen program series, and to usher in Teen Read Week, the Jamestown library will present a program about forensic science featuring the director of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory. Adults are also welcome to this informative talk.

This free program is open to the public and will take place in the library’s meeting hall on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

Dennis Hilliard supervises the crime lab, based at URI’s College of Pharmacy, and is president of the Northeast Association of Forensic Scientists.

The state crime lab is where most of the analysis of crime scene evidence occurs, including the analysis of arson debris, firearms ballistics testing, measuring blood-alcohol levels, and trace evidence analysis of hairs, fibers, paint, glass, and soils. Hilliard is frequently an expert witness at court cases, and he trains police officers in proper collection of crime-scene evidence.

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