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National Forensic Science Week: OSP Forensic Services Division - Lab Technician Lori Whitley

August 14, 2013

From crime scene processing to fingerprints to DNA analysis to digital forensics, forensic scientists provide law enforcement with reliable leads that help identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. The Oregon State Police is proud of our Forensic Services Division employees and joins the International Association Chiefs of Police, the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agenices, the Major County Sheriffs Association and the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations in recognizing the significant contribution of forensic science professionals in Oregon and throughout the United States during National Forensic Science Week, August 11 - 17, 2013.

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One of 9 employees at the Oregon State Police (OSP) Central Point Forensic Laboratory, Lori Whitley has worked for OSP for nearly five year as a a Lab Technician 2. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1998 from Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

One of Lori's many duties include preparing reagents for the Biology, Drug Chemistry, and Latent Print Processing analysts at the Central Point lab, and she is responsible for testing those reagents prior to use in casework. She conducts monthly quality inspections on lab equipment/instrumentation, is responsible for extensive documentation of quality/performance checks, and ensures the lab is in compliance with Occupational Safety Heath Administration regulations.

Lori travels to agencies in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties to assist with maintenance of intoxilyzer units in the event they need service between quarterly checks. She is also responsible for putting together several different types of evidence collection kits for sexual assault investigations, and routinely volunteers to help other labs run special research projects or make up reagents for labs that don't have a Lab Technician. Additionally, she is the Central Point Lab Site Safety Officer, responsible for quarterly safety training.

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