This organization is a not-for-profit, professional, association dedicated to the application of the Forensic Sciences in the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice communities, as well as the private sector. The Division's charter was granted in August of 1916 making us the first Division to hold a charter under the parent body (IAI).

Our membership includes professionals throughout the United States and Internationally.

President's Message:

As the 2021-2022 President of the CSDIAI I will dedicate my service to the further development of the organization and will strive to provide educational opportunities and training for the advancement of all our members. Moving forward, let us all remember our work is not a competition, it is a Mission. The work we do is an important and integral part of the justice system. Whether it is used to convict or exonerate, we are advocates of the physical evidence. Let us never lose sight of our mission.

It is important that the old guard share their knowledge with the new generation, just as the pioneers before us have done. Just think, where would we be if Faulds never published a paper in Nature Magazine in 1880 proclaiming that fingerprints could be used to catch criminals and then explaining how it could be done, or if Galton did not write a book in 1892 aptly titled "Fingerprints" giving us the Galton details. The History of fingerprint identification is impressive, and the list is long. Who knows which of us may be on the list in a hundred years from now?

I am both thrilled and humbled to be given the opportunity to serve as the incoming President with most of the challenges of the past year behind us. I look forward to continuing to work with the Executive Board and its committees to ensure that the membership continues to grow and that the various training opportunities of our Association continue to meet the needs of our forensic community. I would be most interested in hearing from the members of the organizations as to what type of training and /or presentations you would like to see offered at the upcoming CSDIA, April 2022 in-person conference in Santa Rosa. It is time for us as individuals and as an organization to emerge, growing stronger than ever as we reacclimate ourselves to the new normal.

Again, thank you for your confidence in my abilities to keep our organization moving forward. I wish each of you and your families not only prosperity but love, laughter, and all the best that life has to offer.

Mission Statement

To bring persons, who are actively engaged in the profession of Identification and Scientific Investigation, into an organized body so that the profession, in all of its disciplines, may be administered and practiced in an ethical and effective manner.

To encourage the improvement of all disciplines of Forensic Identification and Investigation by fostering and supporting the need for original research, refinements of current methodology and professional training.

To promote the sharing and dissemination of information and knowledge by sponsoring training seminars, publishing papers and articles and encouraging members to openly discuss all aspects of theirs profession with their peers and others seeking knowledge and skill.

To set the highest standards of ethical, scientific and professional conduct for its members and to make those who command, manage or supervise within the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice communities aware of these standards and encourage their adoption in these communities.

To inspire in our members a professional pride and commitment to serve Law Enforcement, the Criminal Justice System and society in general by applying their knowledge and skill to the best of their abilities.

Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

As a member of the California State Division International Association for Identification, actively engaged in forensic science, I dedicate myself to the efficient and scientific administration thereof in the interest of justice and the betterment of our communities. I will cooperate with others within the forensic sciences to promote improvement through research and to disseminate such advancement in my effort to make more effective the analysis of the expert. I will employ my technical knowledge factually to protect the ethical standards of the forensic profession in all its disciplines. I accept my responsibility of public trust and will seek and defend the truth.
The ethical and professionally responsible member shall be bound by the following:

  • Endeavors to be unbiased and objective approaching all assignments with due diligence and an open mind.
  • Conducts full and fair examinations in which conclusions are based on the evidence and reference material relevant to the evidence, not on irrelevant information, political pressure or other outside influences.
  • Renders conclusions that are only within their area of expertise and about matters for which they have given careful consideration.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of restricted information.
  • Communicates truthfully with all parties about information related to their analyses.
  • Reports to appropriate officials any conflicts between their ethical or professional responsibilities and applicable agency policy, law, regulation or other legal authority.
  • Does not accept or participate in any case in which they have any personal interest or the appearance of such an interest.
  • Shall not be compensated for utilizing knowingly biased results, conclusions or testimonies.
  • Supports sound scientific techniques and practices and does not pressure a practitioner to arrive at conclusions or results that are not supported by reliable scientific data.
  • Conducts oneself personally and professionally in a manner that does not violate public trust.
  • Does not knowingly make, promote or tolerate false accusations of a professional or criminal nature.
  • Is committed to career-long learning in the forensic disciplines in which they practice and stays abreast of advances in research, technology and techniques.
  • Expresses conclusions and opinions that are based on generally accepted protocols and procedures. New and novel techniques must be validated and generally accepted by the relevant scientific community prior to implementation in case work.
  • Gives utmost care to the treatment of any samples or items of potential evidentiary value to avoid tampering, adulteration, loss or unnecessary consumption.
  • Uses controls and standards, including reviews and verifications appropriate to their discipline, when conducting examinations and analyses.
  • Accurately represents their education, training, experience and area of expertise.
  • Presents accurate and complete data in reports, testimony, publications and oral presentations.
  • Does not falsify, alter reports, other records or withhold relevant information from reports for strategic or tactical litigation advantage.
  • Testifies to results obtained and conclusions reached based on good scientific principles and methods. Opinions are to be stated so as to be clear in their meaning and include any qualifications and limitations.
  • Does not misrepresent their affiliation with the CSDIAI.
  • Does not issue any misleading or inaccurate statement that gives the appearance of representing the official position of the CSDIAI.
  • Cooperates fully and willingly with any official investigation(s) by the CSDIAI.
  • Reports unethical, illegal, scientifically questionable conduct or violations of this code by other practitioners in which they have personal knowledge to the appropriate legal or administrative authorities.