August 17, 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.
Forensic Scientist Tori Dickerson investigates crime scenes and also works in the latent print section of the Oregon State Police Bend Forensic Laboratory. Tori received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of North Dakota and has worked for OSP for nearly 9 years.
The OSP Bend Forensic Laboratory is the primary service provider for seven central and eastern Oregon counties: Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake and Wheeler counties. The laboratory has a staff consisting of 1 lab director, 5 forensic scientists, and one forensic lab specialist.
In the laboratory, Tori processes evidence for the presence of latent prints and compares any developed prints to determine who deposited them. At the crime scene, Tori’s job is to identify, collect, and analyze the evidence left at the scene. Her work helps to scientifically link suspects to crimes and answer important technical questions surrounding criminal activity. During the last year, the OSP Bend Laboratory received 479 latent print cases for analysis work.
When Tori isn’t looking at latent prints and responding to crime scenes, she enjoys the outdoors for which the Bend-area is famous for, including hiking, camping, and boating activities.