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OCME Celebrates National Forensic Science Week 2015

August 7, 2015

New York, NY – The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) announces the celebration of National Forensic Science Week 2015 from August 8 to 15. The annual event recognizes the role that proper forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes, from identifying the guilty to exonerating the innocent, and salutes the professionals who help provide these vital services to the criminal justice system.

“As a leader in forensic science, OCME is pleased to share in the celebration of National Forensic Science Week 2015,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson, M.D., Ph.D. “We recognize the contributions of all the dedicated professionals - scientific, technical and administrative - who support this critical work.”

During National Forensic Science Week, OCME will join other forensic science organizations around the country to mark the occasion with special events such as educational presentations, employee appreciation days, and community activities. Now in its third year, National Forensic Science Week is supported by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Major County Sherriff’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, and the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations. For more information, visit

Established in 1918, OCME is the first governmental agency of its type in the United States and provides a variety of expert services across the range of forensic science disciplines. OCME operates the largest public crime DNA laboratory in North America, in addition to laboratories in toxicology, histology, and the nation’s only public molecular genetics laboratory. The agency is home to the country’s largest forensic pathology training program, having trained nearly 100 board-certified forensic pathologists since 1990. OCME also houses a department of forensic anthropology, and maintains a division of specially trained experts to respond to any and all fatality events, no matter what hazards may be encountered during recovery.

For more information, contact the OCME Public Affairs Office at (212) 447-2041.