DC Department of Forensic Sciences hosts 4th Annual National Forensic Science Week events


The Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) hosted its 4th annual National Forensic Science Week (NFSW) celebration September 16-18, 2019.

The purpose of NFSW is to recognize the important role proper forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes throughout the nation, from exonerating the innocent to identifying the guilty.

The DFS theme this year was “Forensics: Fact or Fiction.” NFSW activities highlighted some common misconceptions in the field of forensic science and illuminated the truth of what we can and cannot do.

NFSW is nationally recognized from September 15 – 21, 2019, and as part of the celebration, DFS hosted two (2) major events:

  • Monday, September 16: Kick-Off Event
  • Wednesday, September 18: Community Outreach Event

This year’s activities included:

  • a forensic sketch artist;
  • making of fingerprint flowers;
  • hands-on strawberry DNA extraction; and
  • unlocking mobile digital mysteries.

To explore people’s knowledge of forensic fact or fiction, DFS held a “Jeopardy” contest and produced a “DFS Mystery Theater: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Clumsy Crook.” There was also be a panel discussion on, “The CSI Effect on Criminal Cases and its Effect on our Community.”

DC Forensic Science Week Brochure: LINK