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National Forensic Science Week: OSP Forensic Services Division Criminalist Christine Ogilvie

August 16, 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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After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Eastern Oregon State College in 1986, Criminalist Christine Ogilvie started her career 26 years ago with the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division. Christine started working at the Portland Forensic Laboratory where she performed analyses in controlled substances, toxicology, arson investigations and the manufacture of methamphetamine and also responded to crime scene investigations. She also worked two years in Salem with the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath alcohol testing program.
 
For the last 18 years, Christine has worked in the Pendleton Forensic Laboratory where she currently performs analyses in controlled substances, biology and physical evidence cases, responds to crime scenes and is becoming active again in the breath alcohol testing program. One of her Eastern Oregon crime scenes was the subject of Ann Rule’s book Heart Full of Lies.
 
The Pendleton Forensic Laboratory provides forensic science services to nine counties in Eastern Oregon: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties. The services provided include biology processing, controlled substance analysis, crime scene investigation, firearms processing, latent print processing, and trace evidence processing. The laboratory currently has a staff of four scientists, one support specialist and one director. The laboratory is accredited by American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board.