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August 10, 2015
Ramit Plushnick-Masti
Public Information Officer
Domingo Villarreal, the Houston Forensic Science Center’s (HFSC) Technical Training
Director, has been elected to the 14-member Board of Directors of the International
Association for Identification (IAI). The IAI is a professional association that represents
forensic disciplines such as firearm examination, latent print identification and crime
scene investigation. The IAI, one of the oldest and largest forensic associations,
celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. Mr. Villarreal will serve a two-year term on
the board and will help make decisions on a variety of topics pertinent to the
association, including issues regarding certification and accreditation.
Mr. Villarreal has more than 27 years of forensic experience, and is a fingerprint and
crime scene investigation expert. Mr. Villarreal retired in 2010 from the Humble Police
Department where he supervised the forensic laboratory. Mr. Villarreal first served as a
consultant with HFSC, and has been instrumental in building the Latent Print Section.
He came on board as HFSC’s Technical Training Director in July 2015. Mr. Villarreal
graduated from the FBI’s National Academy. He has worked as a forensic adviser for
the U.S. Department of Justice, where he managed training and development initiatives
for international projects among other things. Mr. Villarreal is a certified lead assessor
for ISO/IEC 17020 and 17025. He is also an IAI certified crime scene analyst.
HFSC took over management in April 2014 of what had previously been the Houston
Police Department’s Crime Laboratory, Crime Scene Unit and parts of its Identification
Division. HFSC currently operates in eight disciplines and is expanding.
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