|CHRIS COLEMAN FOR
I am a Deputy Sheriff Forensic Supervisor with the Contra Costa Office of the Sheriff, Forensic Services Division. I supervise the Comparative Evidence (Firearms) Section in our Laboratory. I am also a lead firearms instructor and force option instructor with our department and I am a POST certified Instructor at our Law Enforcement Academy. I have been with Contra Costa County for 13 years. Prior to that I worked in the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office Crime Laboratory for five and a half years and spent one and a half years with the Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division Crime Laboratory before that.
I joined the California Association of Criminalists in 1992 as a student at the University of California Sacramento while taking a class with Jerry Chisum, who sponsored me. I graduated with my degree in Forensic Science in 1993. I Co-chaired the Resources and Training Committee for several years and have been the Chair of the Northern California Firearms Study Group off and on, going back eight years (currently the Chair again). I am also a regular member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) and the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE). I am certified by the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) and certified in Firearms, Toolmarks, and Distance Determination by AFTE. I have presented fairly regularly at CAC and AFTE meetings for many years. I was the workshop chair for the 2005 CAC Spring meeting that we hosted in Contra Costa. I am also an assessor for ASCLD/LAB. I, along with my partners Bruce Moran and Mike Giusto, teach Shooting Incident Reconstruction for the California Criminalistics Institute.
In my nearly 20 years in the Forensic Science field I have witnessed many changes. Recently it seems there have been numerous challenges to several of our disciplines and additional scrutiny at the Federal level. I believe more changes are coming in the future. I would be honored to serve as your next president-elect as we navigate our way into the future of forensic science and seek to establish more resources and a unified structure for our field.