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July 31st, 2005

The Police Laboratory

I love old police photographs, particularly any that show antiquated forensics. I got this shot of some old police lab guys and their equipment from the photo unit at One Police Plaza, aka 1PP. There was no date – can anyone guess when this was taken?

I displayed it at my book party and then after the party gave it to Lisa Faber, a criminalist who works at the Police Laboratory. The New York Post recently wrote about Lisa Faber and Wendell Stradford (both in my book) in an article called: Secret Weapons – Meet the Elite Supercops of the NYPD.

Aside from serology and DNA tests, which are done at the OCME, anything else that needs to be tested–ballistics, narcotics, and fingerprint lifting–are done in Police Laboratory in Queens. I keep meaning to ask Lisa if she’d be willing to help out with forensic questions here. She’s extremely smart. Among other things, Faber makes determinations about trace evidence found at crime scenes, ie, if hairs are animal, human or fibers.
This is Lisa Faber at my party.

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