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:

Happy Holidays to all! As the year draws to a close, it's always a great time to celebrate with friends and good food through honored traditions. For me it is also a time to reflect on what I have learned over the past year, and to wonder about what's to come. I am most looking forward to the upcoming 2023 training seminar! Tenecia Sims (Los Angeles PD-Speaker Chair), Rodrigo Viesca/Tara Venn (Chula Vista PD-Vendor Co-Chairs) and Amanda Crafton (Hayward PD-Virtual Logistics Chair) have all stepped into their leadership roles and are working towards putting a fantastic seminar together. This seminar will be offered in a hybrid format with options to attend in person and/or access an online version. More information is provided in the Nov/Dec issue of the Digest or on the CSDIAI website. If you would like to be involved in the planning process or would like to volunteer during the seminar, please join us at one of our monthly seminar planning meetings (more information in the Nov/Dec issue of Digest or under the members only section of the CSDIAI website).
The end of the year is also, sadly, a time to reflect on the people we have lost. It is with a heavy heart, that I would like to acknowledge the passing of CSDIAI Past President ('89/'90) Donna Jewett (Sept. 23rd, 2022) and past CSDIAI Member, Vici Inlow (August , 2022). See the Nov/Dec issue of the Digest to discover the accomplishments of these two individuals made during their lifetimes. Please take a moment during this holiday season to honor the memory of all those that we have lost. Although our loved ones may not be physically with us, they are always in our hearts.
The holidays tend to be very reflective time for me, and I like to recognize all the blessings I've received over the past year. I am certainly filled with gratitude for the Executive Committee members who have volunteered their time to be of service and keep the Association relevant to the current needs of CSDIAI members. For example, the Certification and Training Committee is looking at new ways to promote the certification process and to keep the membership up to date with training opportunities. The Nominations Committee is also hard at work. They are looking for members who wish to develop their leadership skills through joining the CSDIAI Executive Committee (see the Nov/Dec issue of the Digest or contact Nominations Chair Kaylee Fitzpatrick for more information). These are just a couple examples of the duties and functions of the Standing Committees. I am truly honored to be surrounded by all of the Executive Committee members and Standing Committee members who inspire me daily through their abilities, talents, and willingness to be of service.
As the year draws to a close, I want to wish you the best in all your endeavors. As always, CSDIAI members can stay informed on the goings on of the association by checking the CSDIAI website. Particularly useful information is available on the members only area of the website. There you will find standing committee reports, the current budget, and an archive of minutes from previous CSDIAI meetings. May your Holiday Season be filled with joy and I look forward to a new year of possibilities.
Nicole Osborn
CSDIAI President 2022-2023

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.