Member of the IACP Police Investigative Operations Committee Brings His Expertise to the National Commission on Forensic Science

Phil T. Pulaski , Chief of Detectives, New York City Police Department, and a member of IACP’s Police Investigative Operations Committee will be joining the newly created National Commission on Forensic Science.

The National Commission on Forensic Science, a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will work to improve the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system.

The Commission is comprised of 30 members and 7 ex-officio members.  These members include federal, state and local forensic science service providers; research scientists and academics; law enforcement officials; prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges; and other stakeholders from across the country.

We are proud to say that Chief Pulaski was chosen from a pool of over 300 candidates for his experience. Chief Pulaski currently serves as Chief of Detectives for the New York City Police Department with more than 33 years of law enforcement experience and 19 years of senior executive experience in forensic science. The NYPD’s Detective Bureau is comprised of approximately 3700 personnel and includes the Police Laboratory, Crime Scene Unit, Latent Print Section, Bomb Squad, Computer Crimes Squad and Forensic Artist Unit. The NYPD Police Laboratory has one of the largest controlled substance/marijuana and firearms caseloads of any forensic laboratory in the United States. Chief Pulaski has been responsible for ensuring the Police Laboratory has been accredited twice under the ASCLD/LAB International Program and once under the Legacy Program.

Chief Pulaski holds a Juris Doctor degree from St. Johns University School of Law, and has practiced law for the NYPD and privately for 31 years. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and worked 4 years as a civil engineer for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He also taught law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The first meeting of the Commission will be held February 3-4, 2014, in Washington, DC.

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